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“Private Empire” @ Asterisk Gallery

Arabella Proffer’s “Private Empire: The National Portrait Gallery of Kessa” opens at Asterisk Gallery October 12th, 2007 – November 2nd, 2007

Opening Reception: Friday, October 12th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Asterisk Gallery 2393 Professor Ave. Cleveland, Ohio. 44113

Proffer has created a fictional National Portrait Gallery, whose works are a juxtaposition of modernity with aristocratic tradition. Her subjects sport twenty-first century punk and gothic styles as part of their formalwear, but without the mohawks and piercings, each portrait resembles typical late Renaissance and Stuart portraits. Proffer notes: “this series centers around balance of counter-culture and tradition; how punk or gothic styles might be adopted by aristocrats and socialites for serious portraits left as a reminder of their legacy. What was once considered rebellious has now become widely accepted. Traditionally, each portrait preserves what may later be a historical moment. In the case of this series however, the “historical” moments are of my own imagination”

As complements to the portraits, Proffer has created genealogies, short biographies, country maps as well as a site-specific installation. Themes of decadence, beauty, and entitlement play throughout the series.

Asterisk Gallery
Arabella Proffer Homepage

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