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Arlene Bogna @ Art Scene Cal
It?s impossible to view Arlene Bogna?s ?Safari Americana? photographs and not sink into a nostalgic reverie. Her color saturated images of hulking man-made bovines standing like dumb, complacent sentinels in dark R.V. parks or empty dirt lots bring with them a strong whiff of this country?s historic car culture.
It?s Route 66, roadside-stands selling local produce and small Western towns with a home grown sense of humorous advertising moxie that her photo safari casts as its exotic locales. She asks us to consider what it is in human nature, or the American psyche, that makes us delight in the sight of painted, three dimensional animals perched atop sign poles or hawking honey from flat bed trucks. Often it is just the familiarity of a sight pulled up from the nation?s fast vanishing roadway past that we think about.
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You can see Arlene's work June 21 - July 18, 2008 at Gallery 825, West Hollywood