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Danielle Fretwell: Shallow Invitations

March 1 @ 8:00 am - April 13 @ 8:00 pm

Source: New Exhibitions

A floral arrangement flickers behind washes of color and dabs of smudged paint in Before Bloom #2. A tabletop scene is dramatically cropped in Unravelling. In the piece, In Close Proximity, an entire composition is shrouded in texture, then enclosed in chain link fencing. Several works are void of a nameable image. Fretwell wants the viewer to question what, if anything, is being covered up. Perhaps there was nothing there to begin with; perhaps the veil is enough. Abstracted veils are a defining feature of Fretwell’s work and are reminiscent of the screens through which we find information. In her work and in life, Fretwell urges that we use caution when consuming this information, encouraging us to ask: How can we trust what is being presented? She waits to see if we will extend our attention, come close, and evaluate the canvas. When we do, we are rewarded with what she has chosen to reveal: generous details such as trompé-l’œil stitchwork or the juicy highlights of a blackberry. This unveiling becomes an act of sincerity. Despite being surrounded by manipulated information, the truth exists beneath the surface — we just need to be patient enough to find it.


March 1 @ 8:00 am
April 13 @ 8:00 pm
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Alice Amati


Alice Amati
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London, United Kingdom
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