Sightings | Jeffrey Dell

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Sightings | Jeffrey Dell
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Flatbed Press and Gallery says
August 7 - October 17, 2015
Artist's Reception: August 21, 6-8pm

Flatbed is pleased to present Sightings, a solo exhibition of screen prints and collages by Jeffrey Dell. Dell’s work contrasts soft, saturated color against near colorlessness, making the work both highly graphic and quietly photographic. The imagery is deceptively neutral: sheets of curled and folded paper, occasionally “printed” with elements that follow the distortions of the surface. The imagery’s simplicity is meant to allow us to see easily and clearly, but it’s also deceptive: colors shift and flux, and our precise perceptual abilities are called into question.

Dell is interested in how basic human desires cooperate with facilities of perception. He is investigating a kind of visual language of pleasure, one that is affected by the intensely visual and photographic nature of our environment, both on screen and off. Each image is a bit of a promise, a gift that never quite gives. The image promises more than it fulfills, but this is the nature of much imagery around us.

Dell’s recent work celebrates both perceptual acumen and the impossibility of absolute certainty.

Image: Paradise Ranch, screen print, 34x23"
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By: Flatbed Press and Gallery

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