Talley Dunn Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of new work by Rima Canaan Lee entitled PATTERNED that will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, February 15, 2014.
“We are excited to exhibit Rima’s artwork, as her images capture the layered complexity of the sites and subjects that she photographs,” says gallery owner Talley Dunn. “Rima’s work is thoughtful, and we look forward to exhibiting this stunning new series.”
PATTERNED features photographs from the Alcázar in Seville, the Alhambra in Granada, and the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba. Spain is famous for Mudéjar-style architecture, buildings that reflect Christian, Muslim, and Jewish influences, and that in their very appearance speak of their patterned histories. Lee photographed actual patterns, often mosaics, and focused on a checkering conferred not by religion but by the mere passage of time—weathering and decay encroaching on perfect patterns; brilliant colors accentuated by the beige of chipped clay; carefully configured tiles that have become misaligned over the centuries.
“For me, each photograph is a poem or a short story. Just as the written word yields or resists yielding a narrative, a photograph communicates a story or history. However, while a linguistic text unfolds as it is read, through time, the photograph communicates almost instantaneously. I am interested in how the photograph relies on the simultaneity of vision versus the sequentiality of language to construct meaning. In particular, how do seemingly conflicting aspects of an image, whether juxtapositions of form or color or contrasts in subject matter or actual depictions of wear and tear, breathe life into a photograph and multiply its meaning? How do photographs reflect visually rather than verbally our psyche in all of its messiness and contradictions? I am always sensitive to and on the lookout for the fissures that speak to me and that promise to deliver a multi-layered narrative.”
Rima Canaan Lee was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and grew up in Hamburg, Germany. She received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University. She credits her obsession with photography to her study of literature. The artist now lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Talley Dunn Gallery is located at 5020 Tracy Street, Dallas, Texas, 75205, and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. Please contact Beth Taylor (214/521-9898 or email@example.com) for additional information or to request visuals of the exhibition.