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Patricia Van Dalen: High Voltage

Patricia Van Dalen, Wire Garden, 2013, ink jet print in cotton paper, plastic lacings, pins, 20” x 240.” Courtesy of the artist and ArtMedia Gallery.

Patricia Van Dalen, Wire Garden, 2013, ink jet print in cotton paper, plastic lacings, pins, 20” x 240.” Courtesy of the artist and ArtMedia Gallery.

ArtMedia Gallery - Miami

By Denise Colson

In this exhibition, the Venezuelan, Patricia Van Dalen, once again takes up photography as an expressive medium, returning to a practice she began in her formative years as a graphic designer; however, she does it from the perspective of painting, as if she were “painting” with the camera. The way in which she navigates among artistic manifestations, playing with the physical space is also the result of experience accumulated in her numerous murals and public art.

The exposition includes two installations: Wire Garden and Power Lines. Wire Garden has as an antecedent her previous installation Grilla. First she photographed it in black and white, then she reconstructed the image with modules that integrate each photo and finally she situated it on the wall and intervened on it with long, thin plastic cords, capturing it with the camera from different angles. In this way she created a space in which the material and the immaterial coexist, since one cannot know with certitude if the line one sees is real or if it is the shadow cast on the wall by the cords.

Van Dalen also exhibits two series of photographs in which the line is once again the connective element in each of the works. In them, the artist combines images of lines, which configure the urban landscape, capturing the space with ingenious solutions due to their very simplicity. Through February 15, 2014.

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