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Part of Serena Cole's "Black Mirrors" series

, Soo Vac

Art spotlight: Through a Glass Darkly

  • Article by: MARY ABBE
  • Star Tribune
  • September 13, 2012 - 2:38 PM

Opens Saturday: Cole, an artist from the San Francisco area, probes that dark area of the psyche where beauty doubts itself. Her new "Black Mirrors" series plucks images of high-fashion models from the pages of glamour magazines and turns them into haunting portraits of the damaged creatures she sees behind their carefully constructed facades. Still beautiful, they are yet more human as exposed. Her new series is informed also by her obsessions with the long history of art in which idealized men and women took the form of ancient gods and goddesses. In modern times we fixate on models, movie stars and those fantasy creatures who inhabit the unreal realm of "reality" shows. Whatever their source, they are creatures of the dark dreams that Cole transforms into art. Her first solo show at SooVAC is also a tribute to the gallery's founder, Suzy Greenberg, who died suddenly Aug. 16. Greenberg championed Cole's art after discovering it in a 2006 show and worked closely with her to prepare this exhibition. (Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Sat., free. Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Ends Oct. 20. 612-871-2263 or www.soovac.org)

 

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