Visual Urban Abstracts: Views From A Cell

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Visual Urban Abstracts: Views From A Cell
Curated by: John Matkowski

933 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012
April 24th, 2007 - May 19th, 2007
Opening: April 24th, 2007 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

downtown/east la
Wed - Sat 12-6pm, Sun 12-4pm, and by appointment
Cell, phone, photography, photographs, pop-culture
This event is appropriate for children


Patrice Elmi Visual Urban Abstracts: Views From A Cell

Reception for the Artist Saturday, April 21, 2007, 7-10 pm

Show runs through May 19, 2007

CONTACT:  Lee Joseph Publicity 

p 818.848.2698 - f 818.848.2699



Thousands of people walk the city sidewalks and alleys of Los Angeles on a daily basis. Hurriedly, they race to work, to the bus stop, to the theatre, to shop... and it’s real possible along the way they are missing a world of astounding beauty, complexity and dimension. The eye and lens of Patrice Elmi has caught and transformed the ordinary reality around us into an extraordinary journey of color, shape, composition and exciting, visual odyssey through urban streets as if seen for the first time.


Using only pure, glowing color from either early morning or late afternoon sunlight and her cell phone camera, Patrice creates images that marry art and photography into a unique and vibrant form. Untouched by computer or digital enhancing, her images are alive with color, flowing with shapes and stalked by shadows. Her eye allows the viewer to "stop and smell the roses" in a world which is frequently in too much of a hurry to notice the astonishing potential to be found in the everyday universe in which they exist.


The 100 photographs on display are 6 inch square digital C-prints which are fused/mounted on aluminum sheets and laminated. The metal on which these photographs are fused actually integrates and becomes part of the piece itself.


Patrice Elmi trained at both NYC's School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute. Graphic designers internationally have used her images in various media and her work can be found in private collections. This is her first solo show.


Concurrent exhibition:

Seeking New Image:The Image of the 21st Century

Gabrichidze Gallery; Brussels, Belgium