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False Doors
Colleen Flaherty, Tena Kaplan, Clint Imboden (installation room),
Julia Marchand and Jerry Seguin

February 12 - March 7, 2010
Reception: Friday, February 12, 2010 / 7-10 p.m.

"A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when the author leads us to one particular door, we know it is the right one because it opens."
– John Updike

Autobody Fine Art is proud to present "False Doors," and exhibition that suggests that narrative is the sum of many parts, a measurement perhaps, of the language and syntax that form phrase and meaning in dialogue and storytelling. One of the most seductive aspects of visual language is itís ability to lead the viewer into unimaginable terrain, both confirming the audiences suspicions whilst denying the truth at the same time. In this sense, most artwork works through the provision of false doors. In particular, the three artists in this exhibition, use multiple elements, repeated, identified and isolated throughout their respective bodies of work, to provide clues and, again, to measure, the stories, myths and environments alluded to in the final form of the artwork.

Clint Imboden delineates and fills environments with the instruments of measurement. Using discarded measuring sticks found in flea markets, Imboden builds unlikely structures of great beauty and fragility that the audience "measures" itself against. The almost negligible profile of the tape, near impossible to see from certain angles, make these as much drawings in space as they are physical bodies. Coleen Flaherty also uses line as an element of the building blocks she takes as the base unit of her large, freewheeling ziggurat-like constructions. Her images are drawn from ancient mythology and from the natural cycles of death and rebirth observed still in the contemporary world. Images of wings and snakes predominate, with the discarded tissue-like skin of real snakes interspersed with her delicate linework, splashes of spray paint and thickly gessoed surfaces. The images found on the blocks cavort across large works on paper, forming abstract, ethereal landscapes at once timeless and yet completely modern. Tena Kaplanís monochromatic drawings are the most directly narrative. Tales of loss and longing are described by outcast characters who wander through post apocalyptic landscapes. Images of great beauty pop up in this diaspora, birds and fish navigate dreams, competing with warrior figures and personal iconography in an attempt to grab the viewers attention and understanding. Using only pen, ink and pencil, Kaplan documents a visionaries understanding of the myths and symbols that determine a culture and a people.

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Clint Imboden
Julia Marchand
Colleen Flaherty
Tena Kaplan