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Ghetto Birds and Suburban Dreams

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Untitled (ghetto bird), 2011 Graphite Pencil on Paper 10 X 7" © Jennifer Celio
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Untitled (nest), 2011 Graphite Pencil on Paper 10 X 7" © Jennifer Celio
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Untitled (fight), 2011 Graphite Pencil on Paper 7 X 10" © Jennifer Celio
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There is something in the air, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 60 X 42" © Jennifer Celio
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Untitled (firestorm), 2010 Graphite Pencil on Paper 12 X 9" © Jennifer Celio
Ghetto Birds and Suburban Dreams
Curated by: Michael Stearns

5021 E. Anaheim Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90804
April 21st, 2011 - June 5th, 2011
Opening: April 21st, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://lbplayhouse.org/the-gallery
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
long beach
TAGS:  
urban, suburban realism, landscape
COST:  
FREE!

DESCRIPTION

Jennifer Celio’s delicately rendered graphite landscapes manipulate perception, creating fantastical iterations in which artificial and natural imagery fuse to become newly impossible sites.  Working in graphite pencil on a variety of paper types, she creates obsessively detailed renderings of scenes inspired by the urban environment. With earlier works, Celio’s drawings were directly translated from her photographs of urban settings such as a street corner or the façade of a tract house. Although photography still acts as a starting point, Celio’s more recent drawings have evolved from the literal to the unbelievable, now amalgamating selected elements from her collection of images and integrating them to make a single drawing. Hinting at the contemporary threat of environmental degradation, Celio’s dense drawings depict seemingly mundane spaces that have been artificially altered or supercharged. The artificiality of our natural environment as well as our quest for it are questioned.