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Erika deVries, Far and Then Farther

Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects
547 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor, 212-268-7132
February 22 - March 31, 2007
Reception: Thursday, February 22, 6 - 8 PM
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Far and Then Farther features a series of photographs (including some lenticular prints) that deVries took over the past four years, often while she was traveling. deVries features herself, members of her family, and friends in these photographs, although they refuse to settle into ordinary portraits; the real subjects of deVries’ work are landscapes that she explores with a hyper-awareness of small details and textures. House, garden, thicket, playground, and park are set and stage, inspiring stories and revealing meaningful connections with diverse living beings and locales.

A torso in a red T-shirt, a dead sparrow lying on a sidewalk, entangled tree roots – each frame in this series delivers highly condensed or abbreviated information like great verse, and colors, shapes, and gestures become eloquent symbols of hope, loss, nostalgia and everyday reality. Her ability to connect her audience with the essence of life is strikingly evident in this recent work. Perhaps watching her young children growing up makes deVries acutely aware that these moments can quickly fade into the past and be forgotten. Her recent camera work not only reminds us of the powerful emotions attached to these mundane places and moments, but also refreshes our perspectives of life itself.
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