PACKER SCHOPF GALLERY
KAREN PERL

March 25, - April 23, 2005
KAREN PERL
Disappear
Paintings


Karen Perl (Gallery Two)

           

           

           

     

     

           

In the vastness of Chicago it seems impossible to find moments of solitude and peace. However difficult the task, Perl captures this quietude by painting scenes from familiar streets as abstractions of their former selves. These paintings become "snapshots" as she extracts superfluous details to focus the compositions. Devoid of human form and muted, this dream-like imagery brings to mind a sense of wandering through an abandoned city. These paintings serve as metaphors for Perl's disappearance into herself and the peace she finds within. They indirectly remind us of our encounters with subtle changes in the places we pass on a daily basis -- a building torn down here, a new façade erected there. This work captures ephemeral images of urban spaces before they completely disappear.




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