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Review: Lisa Rybovich Cralle

Collage, Multimedia, Ukrainian Village/East Village Add comments

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Stark images and hyperbole accentuate the selective and emotional aspect of memory as Lisa Rybovich Cralle’s collages reflect on her native Florida. Her collage, “Land,” juxtaposes Hellenic male statues, a vacant crucifix, a mesh of snakes and swimmers on a beach to contrast objects both surreal and concrete. In other pieces, the dualities of known and unknown, fantastic and mundane, and grace and nefariousness are explored. Airplanes fly toward a mushroom cloud. A morose zombie-like figure stands opposite a pink-clad ballerina. A stately statue of a man has his head displaced with a strange-looking object that appears to have eyes. Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych, “Garden of Earthly Delights,” comes to mind with a chaotic aggression between humans and animals, the head of a bird attached to the body of a man. Cralle’s “Sequin Swamp” features a brilliant mass of golden sequins superimposed on a detailed black and white roller coaster. The contrast of detail and gaudiness may make the viewer consider which impression would be dominant upon reflection: the specific dimensions of an impressive ride, feelings of euphoria, or a mixture? (Ben Broeren) Through December 22 at Roots & Culture

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