June 8, 2007
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Greg Kucera Gallery to feature works of notable artists
Greg Kucera Gallery to feature works of notable artists
Guise: Recent Prints
June 7 - June 30, 2007

As part of our PRINT FOCUS SERIES, Greg Kucera Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent digital prints by San Francisco artist Deborah Oropallo.

The exhibition will feature 10 large-scale digital prints from the artist's 2007 series, GUISE. In these prints the artist contrasts historical portraits of heroic men in elaborate costumes with contemporary images of women from fashion and fetish sites on the internet. By comparing the attire, posturing, and countenance of these archetypal figures from the past and present, Oropallo allows us to question our prejudices about power and sexuality.

To the contemporary eye, paintings of Napoleon in satin breeches and stockings in a contraposto stance, or George Washington with hand on hip in knee high boots and powdered wig, seem quite fey or affected. When these military portraits are overlaid with imagery of women in strikingly similar poses and costumes, the eye is left to pick out where one figure ends and the other begins and the mind begins to question the mingling of affect and authority.

Also on view are 2 works from Oropallo's 2006 series, KINK. These large scale permanent pigment prints on canvas also originate with the images of women in adult costumes and faux uniforms. Using software programs Photoshop and Painter, the artist manipulates these iconic fantasy images and winnows them down to their barest essentials. While badges are left legible, color and gesture are all that remain to the suggest the figure. The pixels are pushed and pulled in a painterly fashion, creating brush-like strokes and gestures that appear to be finger smudged.

The GUISE prints are also on view through September 16 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Deborah Oropallo was born in Hackensack, NJ and received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. Oropallo's works are included in numerous museum collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Mantel Pieces & Objects on Paper
Continuing through June 30

Greg Kucera Gallery is pleased to announce its fifth solo exhibition of recent work by Northwest artist Claudia Fitch. This show will consist of sculpture (both ceramic and bronze) and large scale drawings exhibited as an installation revolving around the concept of the mantel. At approximately eye level, the mantel becomes a gathering place in the home for what the artist refers to as "objects of significance".

Claudia Fitch has been making art for over three decades. Born in 1952, the artist received her BFA in Painting in 1975 from The University of Washington, Seattle and her MFA in 1979 from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. She has also studied ceramics extensively at the University of Washington. Fitch received an Art + Architecture Program Fellowship from the European Ceramics Work Center in 2006, as well as a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1997. Fitch is renowned for her public art project's, including six "Colossal Heads," sited at the west colonnade at Qwest Stadium.

Saturday, June 9th at noon in the Gallery, "Saturday After" Artist Talk. June 9th at 1:00, Darren Waterston will be in the gallery to sign copies of his new book, REPRESENTING THE INVISIBLE, published by Charta. Greg Kucera Gallery will have copies of the book available for purchase.

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