Thursday, May 29, 2008

Teasing the Bathers by Dianne Blell

Desire for the Intimate Deity

These mixed media works are strong expressions of intimacy and desire which Blell
creates by combining painting and photography which allow her to poignantly juxtapose reality with fantasy. The themes of desire and the pursuit of love have driven Blell’s work since the early 1970’s through the vehicles of fashion advertising, Greco-Roman mythology and Art History. This current series explores the archetypal stages of courtship and the pursuit of love utilizing the iconic elements of Hindu Folklore and the love story of Rada & Krishna.

In Blell's words:
As an aspect of the divine is universally and subconsciously embodied in every individual's personal concept of the ideal, I have ... conveyed the profound nature of intimacy as it would be if love were an act of divinity and a result of our innate quest and yearning for the ideal union.

Donald Kuspit writes in an essay in reference to this newest work:

“Art History, Desire, Beauty: Dianne Blell's Photo-Tableaus,”
The structure of the composition establishes an ideal space in which perfect love is possible. It is a love between beings perfect in their own way, yet needing each other to consummate their perfection and confirm their ideality. In Blell's ... art the male and female figures, however ostensibly different, are always in harmonious balance, and thus enduringly in union.

Dianne Blell lives and works in New York City. Her work has been featured in many solo exhibitions at such venues as the Krannert Art Museum at he University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; the Los Angeles Institute for Contemporary Art, California; the Houston Center for Photography, Texas; Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; Robert Stefanotti Gallery, New York; John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco. She received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Contact Dianne Blell

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