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Vanessa Oppenhoff: New Works at Estel Gallery

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It’s clear with the title Vanessa Oppenhoff: New Works that the artist herself is front-and-center, which is especially apt in this case. Oppenhoff's multimedia drawings will be familiar to fans of the Estel space, but this show of new work is full of surprises: recognizable work that is clearly now informed by the vision of a much more ambitious creator. With earlier pieces, Oppenhoff made use of thread and vellum to create work that resembled needlepoint designs. Her latest pieces feature layers of material, a treasure trove of images and a thread that has been freed from crafty stricture to utter energized, expressionistic lines that often take the liberty of breaking beyond the boundaries of an individual work. This expanded vocabulary finds Oppenhoff free to roam conceptually and this engaging show is the result.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: April 3. Continues through April 24, 2010

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