May 9th 2014

“Reflected Existence” Opening with Brandy Kraft

@ Elephant Room, Inc.

704 S Wabash Ave. Chicago, Il 60605

Opening Friday, May 9th, from May 9th at 5PM - May 9th at 8PM

On view through Thursday, June 21st

“Reflected Existence”, a new series of paintings by Brandy Kraft opens on Friday, May 9th from 5 to 8pm. The exhibition runs through June 21st.

Brandy Kraft’s newest series of oil paintings explore light and reflection in relation to ourselves within the metropolitan world around us. “Reflected Existence” studies the mystery that is presented when one image is positioned directly on top of another. Kraft uses self portraiture and the portraits of others as subjects within the works in order to demonstrate that the overlapping reality of these reflections run parallel to our own separation from the present as technology distracts the subject. The result is a dynamic photorealistic study of the dual realities of the physical world versus the reflection of it and the subject’s physical presence versus their virtual absence. “Today’s technology allows us to dive into another dimension any time we like, so much so, that we often miss what’s going on right in front of us. This real life illusion continually stirs my imagination.” – Kraft. Equally as important as the study of these dual realities is the study of light within the reflected images. Kraft’s ability to accurately portray reality through her use of reflection and light results in dynamic paintings that are both relevant and inspiring.

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