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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Saturday opening at City Gallery in New Haven

City Gallery
994 State St., New Haven, (203) 782-2489
Freddi Elton: Lines of Desire
June 3—27, 2010.
Opening reception: Sat., June 5, 3—6 p.m.

Press release

City Gallery will present Lines of Desire, a collection of new work by Freddi Elton, from June 3—27. Elton will be showing encaustic, silk aquatint and mixed media pieces. The opening reception will be held on Sat., June 5, from 3—6 pm. The public is invited and admission is free. There will also be a Meet the Artist on Sunday, June 27 from 12—4 pm.

The title, Lines of Desire is a landscaping term describing the preferred path when progressing from point "A" to point "B". Often designers of college greens, for example, will simply plant grass and watch to see how paths are formed by walkers before laying in any stone or pavement. In winter, we see animal tracks clearly formed in the snow, and they are never completely straight, but rather follow the landscape's vagaries in an organic way.

Elton was inspired by this concept in her current work. She has created pieces with layered, complex surfaces, and made an effort to allow lines to follow their own particular geography. Her process is slow and sometimes arduous, but the results are, when successful, surprising and satisfying.

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