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Three Artists Featured at Carrie Haddad Photography

August 19 - September 26
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An exhibition of works by three artist/photographers, Kim McLean, Lionel Gilbert & Harry Wilks, opens this Thursday at Carrie Haddad Photography. 
Kim McLean’s layered images,such as Ume Enters the City, above, capture virtual worlds filled with incongruity—a battleship in a tempestuous sea of illegibly tiny text; a Russian Constructivist design for a Palace of Labor set amidst a dreamscape of lattices and Ferris wheels. Using architectural software and a process he calls “mapping,” the artist covers icons of cultural and historical significance with surfaces that are in stark contrast to the forms beneath.
Lionel Gilbert, born in 1912, was a prolific painter from the nineteen-thirties until his recent death. The works on display here call to mind Matisse, Braque, and Leger in their cubist sensibility and handling of space. In Suggested Figures, a collage-like mass evokes the human figure, broken down, refracted. Although this painting is thick with the legacy of progressive artists from times past, it subverts the rules by which these artists worked. Gilbert’s work exhibits a refreshing frivolity. 
Harry Wilks has been hauling his cameras up to New York City rooftops for 25 years. From this vantage point, he has created an urban fantasyland which diverges from observable reality. In his rooftop photographs, he reveals an urban landscape that people wouldn’t ordinarily see on their own. Complementing his passion for architecture is an ongoing project photographing the Hudson Valley. Wilks’ photographs are included in museum, corporate and private collections.
Carrie Haddad Photography
Hudson, NY
Opening reception, August 21;  6 - 8 p.m.

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