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Wynn Ragland

The Gallery at CNN Center

Wynn Ragland’s recent work comprises a series of color photographs that have been transferred to Cibachrome by a computer mapping process. All five works use the saturated color of early abstraction and sometimes pointedly refer to the abstract styles of the ’20s. The pieces are large (3 by 5 feet and 4 by 5 feet) and combine abstract and figural elements. Ragland imports images into a computer from the media or from life as seen through a video camera, then manipulates them and prints the result from a transparency produced by a dot matrix camera. In some cases, the result is balanced and elegant. One piece features abstract patterns that resemble the shimmer of color reflected from a body of water; the striped dress of a woman rises from or descends into a chair, forming a triangle of intense red and yellow in the foreground. The works suggest the violence and speed of urban life in

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