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Karl Soderlund – Iconic Obsessions

National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, 212 475 3424
Flatiron / Gramercy
May 3 - May 15, 2010
Reception: Wednesday, May 5, 6 - 8 PM
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Large portraits (over 7 ft high) are made entirely of symbols that tell the story of the subject. In these paintings the subjects are well known icons. However, the real story is what is revealed within the portrait and the personal history of their life. For example, the painting “A Toast To Marilyn” is composed entirely of small hour glass figures. Looking deeper into the piece you will discover titles of her movies and outlines of her awards. An even closer look will reveal several pictures of her including a silhouette of her notorious dress blowing in the wind. Similarly, “Einstein’s Table of Elements” is comprised of his formulas and notable quotations within small squares. The more you explore each portrait the more symbols of the subjects life will appear. Like a puzzle, the closer you look the more you will uncover.
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