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Ana De Orbegoso, DisUtopia

Bespoke Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 6th Floor, 212-695-8201
November 16 - December 16, 2006
Reception: Thursday, November 16, 6 - 8 PM
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DisUtopia is a series of composite photographs that were taken in Disneyland through the prism of a drinking glass.

“I chose Disneyland”, says De Orbegoso, “because it’s a perfect symbol of a micro-universe.” It is an entirely fabricated world as artificial as it is familiar, an environment built on a hierarchy of illusions and thus an ideal backdrop for a body of work that engages the viewer in a discourse about perceived reality and consciousness.

De Orbegoso set out to explore how our sense of what we acknowledge to be an illusion is altered by a distorted perspective. If we imbue a paradigm of illusions with a certain significance how does that change as a function of the perspective from which it is viewed?

The composites’ unusual perspective and their unsettling distortions engender a dreamy ambience that is simultaneously playful and threatening, surreal yet mundane.
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