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Review: Patricia Schnepf/Chicago Cultural Center

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Specializing in strikingly lush and beautiful, often isolated, flowers, Patricia Schnepf shoots color digital photographs of her subjects and then runs them through a paint program in the computer to produce very mildly impressionist images that preserve the integrity of the originals, altering them only enough to give them a slightly brittle and textured surface. We get a double visual shot from Schnepf’s studies; at a distance, they appear to be ordinary seamless flower photographs; get closer and they begin to break up just a bit and seem to have been contrived by the human hand rather than having blossomed from nature. The calla lily, a perennial favorite of flower photographers, becomes under Schnepf’s ministrations a hot yellow-white lantern-like form glowing against a dark background dotted with flecks of green. (Michael Weinstein)

Through July 8 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington

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