November 09, 2011

Pia Dehne "Vanishing Act" at Charles Bank Gallery

Pia Dehne
Vanishing Act

Opening Reception November 9, 6-9pm
November 9 - December 22

Pia Dehne's newest body of work, Vanishing Act, reflects her interest in exploring common societal urges to hide, suppress, or change one's identity. Simultaneously hyper-realistic and abstract, her canvases create optical illusions that confuse the viewer's distinction between what is real and what is imaginary.

Dehne uses atypical subject matter in her paintings -- dazzle ships from World Wars I and II, a crouching bow hunter, a modern jet fighter, a Ghillie suit -- to play with distinct examples of mans desire to mimic the camouflaging techniques that occur so effortlessly in nature. But that which is presumed to be the subject of her paintings melts away as we fail to distinguish between traditional concepts of foreground and background.

In the Charles Bank Gallery lower lever Project Space, Dehne has created an installation that includes examples of living creatures and man-made modern artifacts known for their camouflaging characteristics.

Charles Bank Gallery
196 Bowery (at Spring street)
New York, NY 10012
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