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Sophia Petrides: Poetics of Intimacy

Larissa Goldston Gallery
551 West 21st Street, 212-206-7887
May 4 - June 3, 2006
Reception: Thursday, May 4, 6 - 8 PM
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Petrides’ large, technically sophisticated, layered photographs are at once spare and intense, abstract and representational, real and surreal. They portray architectural elements from the artist’s house and studio and explore the relationship between the physical and emotional spaces she inhabits.

My space, imaginary or real, is my body and soul… everything is familiar until I focus on the details, the fragments of its architecture – then the familiarity collapses.

Capturing everyday objects such as doors, ventilation units, cables, lights and a bed, Petrides investigates how the architectural forms of her surroundings can reveal or disguise her inner feelings. Simultaneously, recognizable and familiar physical elements dissolve and become abstract when viewed over and over again. The pictures can thus be read as an exposition on the architecture of human emotion, of the spaces in which our emotional lives are played out.
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