Artist Celene Hawkins knows that vision is selective. What she sees is often strikingly beautiful but disturbing. In what might be called alternative readings of our environment, Hawkins looks for “systems of order and decay,” conditions not mutually exclusive, and interprets them variously in her exhibition Idyll at Prairie Gallery. She tells us she wants to create a dialogue “between what is real, what is perceived, and what is imagined.” Most of these works, all recent, are photographs that take full advantage of today’s sophisticated techniques.
There are large-scale inkjet prints, digital prints on aluminum and, for the title piece, a stunning inkjet print on UV backlit film. Hawkins’ sculptural roots show in three works that variously use bronze wire, wood, steel and spray enamel to handsome effect. Idyll runs through December 31 at Prairie Gallery. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
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