Linda Alterwitz: In-Sight at Frank Pictures Gallery

Image copyright by Linda Alterwitz.
Image copyright by Linda Alterwitz.
Image copyright by Linda Alterwitz.

Linda Alterwitz is a Las Vegas based multi-media artist. Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Denver, Alterwitz spent 25 years working primarily in oils and acrylics painting and drawing on large canvases to create nonrepresentational paintings. She began exploring photography in 2006. With a vision that is painterly in nature, she digitally manipulates and layers together images to create large-scale, photographs. In-Sight, her first solo show at Frank Pictures, incorporates rephotographed PET scans (from hospital patients) into a contexturalized landscape of her imagining. Her philosophy addresses the constant challenge to keep a balance between the two sides of the brain: the logical and the creative. This duality is apparent throughout the body of her work, starting with her photographic equipment. Alterwitz uses both digital cameras and toy cameras. The high-tech digital cameras produce clear, factual images that are believable and acceptable in our right-brained world. In contrast, images shot on film by the low-tech, simple workings of plastic cameras capture a spontaneous altered world. Alterwitz’s inspiration, the inner workings of the human body and her external surrounding environment, plays with the dance of the two sides of the brain as well as the contradiction of fear and reassurance. Past personal struggles with medical issues were tempered by fond, childhood memories of playing in the sand dunes and forests of Gary, Indiana where Alterwitz grew up. It is this dichotomy that gives her work a comforting sense of familiarity while simultaneously creating tension. Alterwitz has exhibited her work throughout the United States and also in Tokyo, Japan, San Sebastian, Spain, United Kingdom, and Israel. Her most recent solo exhibition “Linda Alterwitz: Discarded Dreams” was at LACDA, Los Angeles, CA. Recent group exhibitions including “The Art of Photography Show” (San Diego, CA) Project Basho’s “Onward’11” (Philidelphia, PA), NYU (New York, NY),, Rogue Space Chelsea (New York, NY) 1212 Gallery (Richmond, VA), Newspace Center for Photoraphy (Portland, OR) Texas Photographic Society, (San Antonio, TX) SilverEye Center for Photography, (Pittsburg, PA) Photoplace Gallery, (Middlebury, VT), and The Julia Dean Photo Workshop Gallery, (Venice, CA) among other national and international juried competitions.

This exhibition runs through May 28, 2012

Frank Pictures Gallery is located at:

2525 Michigan Ave. A5 Santa Monica, CA 90404 
Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 – 6:30 | 310.828.0211

By Jim McKinniss

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