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Frank DiPerna

Kathleen Ewing Gallery

Frank DiPerna’s recent exhibition, “In the Studio: Frank DiPerna,” included fourteen photographs notable for their deceptively simple composition and saturated colors. The shots—mostly still lifes and tableaux—border on the surreal, a significant departure from the empiricist landscape photography for which the artist is best known. Moreover, they demonstrate in subtle ways his ability to intertwine irony and wit with an acute sense of texture and a resourceful use of found objects. DiPerna, a professor at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, created this new body of work in order to acknowledge the peculiar influence of the studio atmosphere on his artistic vision, a process that entailed inventing new stories rather than interpreting narratives found in nature.

With this show, DiPerna joined the lineage of artists who embrace artifice as a new reality, one that might be traced back to

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