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Art Review: April Dawn Parker

Original post made by Paula Bolduc, Stanford, on Apr 18, 2014

April Dawn Parker’s following small paintings represent one series of a number of painting series. The paintings will be on exhibition at Gallerie Citi in Burlingame, CA, and represent the artist’s visits to certain locations. These works constitute the series titled “Places.” Though they are only four small paintings, they aptly illustrate the genius of Parker’s prodigious vision. (It is as if she possesses two occipital lobes and can see microscopically and macroscopically at the same time!) As viewers we are at once soaring high above the earth into the cosmos, and then while standing on the ground, gazing beneath the skin into corpuscles, then deep into the ground, like cartographers, surgeons, and geologists. It is exhilarating and dizzying. Her careful choice of forms and colors are part of her method of overlaying aerial topographical maps and close up, microscopic perspectives. Despite being highly imaginary the forms serve as haunting reminders of actual places where she grew up. These components all work together to achieve a disorienting visual and psychological experience.

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