© Deborah Roan

Digital Cibachrome print face-mounted to Plexiglas,
33 x 45.3 inches (83.8 x 115.1 cm), 13 x 19.7 inches
(33.0 x 50.0 cm)

Deborah Roan
The Greebacked Tip

In a continuation of her signature unmanipulated, overlapping exposures of New York's commercial facades, Deborah Roan's large-scale, panoramic photographs present a reality heretofore invisible. Like Edouard Marey - whose time-lapse photography of objects in motion made visible to the naked eye that which had previously been hidden - Roan's work provides evidence of recognizable, but rarely considered aspects of our hyper-stylized consumer culture.

The artist's automatic, unconscious lens captures the gregarious display of cheap objects and combines it - by virtue of multiple exposures - with reproductions of movie stars, low-rent buildings, and passing cars. As much of the imagery is photographed through storefront glass, reflections are inherent to the work, further increasing the layers of information.

Incorporating high-intensity oranges, lucent reds and icy blues, the images are crashed together onto one flat surface without fore- or background. The resulting montage generates unanchored narratives that float and interpenetrate. Like the Hong Kong films they quote, Roan's pictures are violent and romantic, futuristic and nostalgic, satirical and visionary.

Deborah Roan lives and works in New York. Her film and video work has appeared in numerous festivals and screenings worldwide. This exhibition marks her second one-person show at the Gallery.

Exhibition: January 12 - February 11, 2006
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 10 am - 6 pm and by appointment

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