Christina Empedocles and Pamela Valfer / Exactitude
September 14- November 11, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS Painstaking, meticulous, almost photographic detail connect the works by Christina Empedocles and Pamela Valfer in Exactitude the new show opening Fri., Sept 14 at Burnet Gallery in Le Méridien Chambers, Minneapolis. Both artists also explore the concept of memory and reality.
Valfer creates hyper-real, hybridized landscapes that merge real and imaginary landscapes giving equal weight to nature and fiction. She juxtaposes scenic natural elements with iconic urban landmarks. In one piece the cliffs of Gordale Scar, North Yorkshire blend with Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany. Another drawing blends the pastoral serenity of Little House on the Prairie with the urban, tenement apartment of Good Times.
Empedocles work plays with the concept of memory and the questionable veracity of its imperfect nature. Everything she depicts is almost three-dimensional in its realism yet incomplete. The subject is frequently obscured, or partially hidden. Letters are crumbled, comic strips torn away, illustrations cut, curled about the edges or torn. She only reveals part of the story leaving the viewer to ponder the possibilities of what is left untold.
Pamela Valfer (www.pamelavalfer.com) received a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art & Design and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from University of Minnesota. Valfer has received grants from The Bush Education Fund & the Minnesota State Arts Board, as well as a residency grant from the Vermont Studio Center. She has exhibited her visual artwork in Australia, Japan, the United States and was recently included in EVA International Visual Arts Biennial (Ireland). Since 2004 Valfer has been an instructor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, College of Visual Arts and Metropolitan State University.
Christina Empedocles (www.christinaempedocles.com ) has been awarded public art projects at the University of California, San Francisco, and with the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her work has been included in New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Manifests International Drawing Annual, and Curvy. She was a finalist for the Tornesol Award for 2010, and currently shows in New York, Denver and San Francisco.