Bettina von Zwehl @ Catherine Edelman Gallery
Bettina von Zwehl: Portraits
November 3 – December 30, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST:Friday, November 3 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
“Portraits features several bodies of work which all address the formal portrait, presented in oval, round or arched frames. Von Zwehl taps into historical iconography, staging scenarios reminiscent of allegorical paintings. In Tallulah and Jasmine, a young girl stares at the camera holding a dead fish; in Sari (Lampropeltis Triangulum Nelsoni), an adolescent girl confronts the viewer with a milk snake wrapped around her neck; in her series Made Up Love Song, we see a woman in profile, photographed in the same position over the course of six months; The Sessions presents silhouetted portraits of a young girl printed on photographic paper which is then torn, suggesting the fragility of youth; and in her latest series Dog Portraits, pugs, terriers, and all breeds of dogs are elevated to a regal status normally affiliated with royalty. Whether photographing young girls, women, or canines, von Zwehl honors the past, creating an intimacy often lacking in art making today.”
Catherine Edelman Gallery
300 W. Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60654
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