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Shanna Maurizi “Unidentified”

Famous Accountants
1673 Gates Avenue, Bushwick, 917-414-7798
June 18 - July 24, 2011
Reception: Monday, July 18, 6 - 8 PM
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Famous Accountants is delighted to present Unidentified, an exhibition of new work by Shanna Maurizi. This is her first solo show in New York.

Unidentified is a rumination on biology, science fiction and genetics. Aggressively cutting, scraping, or obscuring the surface of her photographs, Maurizi attempts to rupture images of natural history museums, research labs, and curiousity cabinets. Neon colors leak through incisions and crust around the edges of floating shapes, a reference to the fluorescent dyes used to mark DNA in transgenic animals. Research labs full of vaguely threatening machinery erupt in multicolored lights or murky insect swarms. The photographs themselves, neutral but sharply observed, are an attempt to index the slippage between constructed knowledge and its subject, which never seems to hold still.

Shanna Maurizi lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She earned an MFA from California College of the Arts, and BA in Photography from San Francisco State. Her photographic work has been exhibited at Observatory, White Box, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Lab in San Francisco, and Rotterdam Kunsthal, among others. She had her first solo show at Gallery 825.

Opened in October 2009, Famous Accountants is a Bushwick gallery that has been written about in the Art in America, New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, L Magazine, Village Voice, New York Press, Time Out New York, BushwickBK, Hrag Vartanian, Bloggy, and Brooklyn Based. Shanna Maurizi: Unidentified is Famous Accountant’s thirteenth exhibition.
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