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September 21, 2006 to December 31, 2006

Set Pieces: Photographs by John Lorenzini

Using the simple image of the theater curtain, John Lorenzini’s images are filled with narrative suppositions. Capturing the artifice and dramatic nature of set design, the human presence in these images are inferred by the dramatic lighting and artificial structure of the stage.

This concentration on artificiality combined with the continual absence of the figure reflects Lorenzini’s interest in social interaction on a much broader level.

The artist states, “I consider a stage, or set, less an isolated singular physical space where plays and shows are performed, and photographs taken, and more a metaphorical representation of the abstract stage on which any social interaction may occur. The relationship between visual artificial environments and the more abstract artificiality that exists in social life is what interests me and motivates my work.”

Lorenzini received a B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and has studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Georgia Study Abroad Program in Cortona Italy. As a member of the artist collective Vox Populi, Lorenzini has had three solo exhibitions in 2003, 2004 and 2005 as well as three group exhibitions from 2002 to 2004. Selected group exhibitions include: Significant Bodies, The Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, University of LaVerne, LaVerne, CA (2006); 80th Annual International Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia (2006); Absence, Flatfile Galleries-Photography, Chicago, IL (2004); Works on Paper, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA (2004); In A Silent Way, Main Line Art Center, Rosemont, PA (2003); Digital Visions, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA (2002); National Juried Exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY (2002); Contemporary Art II,  Period Gallery, Omaha, NE (2002); and 3 AM, American Cultural Center Gallery, Damascus, Syria.

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