“Schemes: Positive/Negative” Showcases Photographs and Paintings at FDU in October

Teaneck, NJ (September 18, 2006) — The photography, painting and sculpture of artists Stuart Nicholson and Karni Dorell will be exhibited at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ, from October 9-November 3. “Schemes: Positive/Negative,” free and open to the public, will be at the University College Gallery, University Hall from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The safe and the sentimental are eliminated in the work of photographer Karni Dorell. When the familiar and the connected are eliminated, viewers are reminded of how much they yearn for a feeling of belonging. There is a silhouetted figure—with no way to tell what it is wearing or even its gender. It is simply the human condition. Dorell’s photographs exclude connections to the human family as well as to the history of photography. What is left is an intense humanness. The photographs in this exhibit reflect her aesthetic of “outsiderness.”

Stuart Nicholson, having studied eastern philosophy and religion as it applies to the development of western art, is concerned with the conceptual density of contemporary culture. “This translates,” he said, “into the visual and artistic elements through the use of different materials in a layering combined with paint and digitally retouched images.”

Nicholson’s work has precedents in graffiti, computer multitasking, the sights and sounds of urban culture or the local culture colliding with media accessibility on a global scale. “The images of warfare can combine with a girl at play,” he said. “and the idea may create in the viewer the feeling of being the observer.”

Both artists have exhibited widely in New York City and hold MFA degrees from Pratt Institute.

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