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John Oetgen
© John Oetgen
"Figurines"
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
Featuring work by: John Oetgen

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 6, to Mon, Oct 15 2012

"The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act."
Marcel Duchamp

John Oetgen’s photography - of colorful ordinary objects - recalls both POP art and the surrealists, particularly Duchamp and Magritte. Like these artists, he takes found pieces from our environment, and marries them to exotic places and unusual contexts to play with reality and illusion. For instance, a ceramic figurine appears in front of a theatrically curtained window that looks onto the Bienalle Giardini in Venice. Pieces from the exhibition recall Magritte's C'est n'est pas works. The viewer immediately wonders, "What does this mean? What is going on here?"

For the exhibition, the simple graphics of everyday images are rendered in brilliant chroma and wall spanning size. They are charming and whimsical in their extrapolated commentary on the human condition.

Opening Reception: Fri, Sep 28, 6pm - 8:30pm

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
425 Peachtree Hills Avenue #25
Atlanta, GA 30305  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 11am - 4pm
p: (404) 492-7718
web: http://www.hfgallery.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1123
ACP Listing #: 013

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