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Benjamin Lowy - Storylines
Gallery II: Anne Veraldi - The Plastic Rose Series     17. Sep - 12. Nov 2011

Artist Reception: Saturday, September 17, from 6 - 8pm

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition of "Storylines" by the International photojournalist Benjamin Lowy. In Gallery II, we present "Plastic Rose Series" by Northern California artist Anne Veraldi.

In "Storylines," Benjamin Lowy documents the conflicts of war. His pictures illustrate the stress and anxiety in the contacts between U.S. soldiers and local civilians in the countries of Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Darfur. He seeks to put a human face on victims of disasters, by making images "that can 'bridge' the audience's apathy towards certain subjects, and communicate an idea or reality." Lowy produces panoramic images, using one roll of film, to overlap the facts, and create a story with his own personal commentary. On his imagery of Iraq, Lowy calls his accounts "... a window to a world where work, play, tension, grief, survival and everything in between are as familiar as the events of our own lives."

This is Benjamin Lowy's first solo show at dnj Gallery. His work has been exhibited at the SF Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, the Corcoran Museum, the Walker Arts Center and others. Lowy's photographs have appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, the New Yorker, National Geographic, Photo District News and World Press Photo. His first book, Iraq / Perspectives is forthcoming, October 2011.

Anne Veraldi returns to dnj Gallery for her second solo show, introducing her "Plastic Rose Series." In these playful photographs, Veraldi presents daydreams. She again builds atmospheres of ice, air and water, capturing various toys shot beneath or wrapped in plastic bags. Veraldi plays with our perception, tricking us into believing at first glance the objects are actually life-sized and not toys. "This is important because I want people to have an initial uncertainty as to what they are seeing and pause for a moment to look at this imaginary world," says Veraldi. The resulting images have a fresh, bright quality that manipulates the color of the plastic in a very painterly way.

Anne Veraldi received her MFA in Painting/Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has shown extensively throughout the United States, often publishing her photographs simultaneously. In November 2009, she won the "Portfolio Contest" in Color Magazine. Her works are in the collection of the Di Rosa Collection and the Crocker Art Museum. Veraldi lives and works in San Francisco.

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