Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Bartosz Pietrzak: Photographs - Bona Thompson Center - Jan. 21, 2004 - 4 stars


An exceptional display of photography: Pietrzak possesses an unmatched imaginative aesthetic that spans his life experiences as a photographic artist. Photography composites, in many instances, are montaged to create surreal landscapes, like "Terra Est Rotunda," where desert dry earth monumentally curves into an earthy sphere, suggesting a poetic fragility to the planet. His works, both montage and journalistic spanning the last 30 years, possess a narrative quality without the suggestions of the titles. Simply the expressions of his human subjects juxtaposed against or within the natural panoramas he captures are quite fantastic. A sense of wonder and emotion are imparted from each piece. All 24 images (black and white, color, collage, montage) exhibited are technically and consistently pristine and crisp. Through Feb. 22, 2004; 317-353-2662. -Mary Lee Pappas

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