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"Contemporary Icons: Artists Explore Modern Iconography"
2005-05-01 until 2005-05-31
USA United States of America
Caladan Gallery announces a juried group exhibition entitled Contemporary Icons. This is a major exhibition of 36 artists from around the United States and also includes international artists from Canada and The Netherlands. The fact that the explorartion of modern iconograpy has been exalted by so much diversity in reponse makes this exhibition among the most provocative and exciting to date shown by Caladan Gallery. There is a tremendous spiritual and political cast to the presentation, along with the concept of the Icon being more hidden or subtle.
The exhibition presents a coherent atmosphere, however, due to the thoughtfulness and passion of the artists involved. Also on view for the month of May is an addendum to Contemporary Icons entitled The Marketing of Che by photographer Ruth Turner. Mass marketing of the controversial hero Che Gueverra turns up in the strangest places around the world! The ultimate dichotomy! Also on view is The Dramatic Light: Photography of Alex Norden, a solo exhibition of dramatic, light-filled uncommon works by this astute and observant artist. Alex Nordens photographs go far beyond the aesthetics of irony.
Contemporary Icons has brought some extremely unusual and compelling talents to Caladan Gallery. We are pleased to include the work of solo award winner Quintin Gonzalez, whose digital woriks represent the mystery of the Adoration. His work is timeless, yet suggests the embodiment of The Lady into future settings, ironically creating the question of identity through the juxtaposition of the past and this future. Dorothy Oja, another solo award winner, also works digitally, exploring the aspects of love, and the revelation of beauty as sacred icon. Her work is luxurious, bathed in color, light, and mystery. Michele Rene Ledoux is a photographer of the texture of secrets. Her very tactile works are beds of revelation, seeking to impart the essence of Salvation. She will also be presenting her insightful photos of Italy in August.