With Catalogue Essay, Here Everything is Still Floating: Mary Ann Strandell’s Prints, by William Ganis
Wells College: The String Room Gallery
Main Building, Wells College, Aurora, NY
Visiting Artist: Mary Ann Strandell
September 3 - October 2, 2008
The exhibition “The Floating Bridge” continues my interest in the collision of historic space; between eastern and western imagery layered in a tsunami of OP-art patterning. The dream-like renderings are a parallax world alluding to present day shifts of power, and changing economic values. There is a range of pieces in “The Floating Bridge”. In the earlier works I am layering my sumi brush drawings of 18th century Japanese woodcuts with those of European royal bedrooms. In other works, my ink renditions of California architecture are overlaid with silhouettes of chandelier forms, aspects from my oil paintings, and other chinoserie vignettes. The later works involve images of social and sexual folly, interwoven with conduits of the landscape of hydroelectric dams, weirs, and emergency sirens.
The works include two large scale pigment prints, brush drawings on the gallery wall, and the trippy media of 3D lenticular prints. The lenticulars reveal layered information through a lens using photographic and digital technology. Thus, the viewer is in a constant state of looking and activating the image. These studies play with scale and repetition. At Wells College I create various groupings of the lenticular prints to coincide with the different spatial and light patterns of the gallery. Thus a dialectic evolves with these upbeat renderings of specious curiosity in a hypnotic floating world.