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At a moment when many artists pursue increasingly theoretical work employing complex media and technology, Terry Braunstein agilely demonstrates how it is possible to create contemporary work that utilizes sophisticated digital technology and is simultaneously highly personal. Through the use of collage techniques combined with photographic manipulation, Braunstein creates fictionalized landscapes where one may encounter dinosaurs in a tropical forest wandering with modern day folks from Miami Beach or see a woman in house attire busily sweeping the interminable floor of a vast desert, (Empty Nest). In her installation Garbage Can Man from the Time Bound series, a man in midlife with his leg in a trash can looks beyond his gate to a limited future.

These works, whether in book form, sculpture, photographs or installation, emerge from the annals of the daily life of the artist, while serving as signposts to the viewer signaling the importance of human consciousness. With its depictions of mundane human activity, set in fictive surroundings, Braunstein's art explores the relationship of the everyday and the unfathomable. The work is whimsical, imaginative and sublime.

Braunstein who lives in Long Beach, California, is a poignant raconteur and commentator, creating books, sculptural works, public art pieces and gallery installations, nearly always derived from her own personal experience. In these works, time and space are compressed while images made exclusively from cutouts of the everyday, are rearranged into fantastic settings. Her studio is both image archive and laboratory. These intimate artworks address human issues of coming of age, life and death, birth, loss and search for meaning.

Additionally, Braunstein has produced a number of large-scale public art pieces in venues ranging from libraries and health centers to Metro stations and department store windows on Wilshire Boulevard. She has exhibited her work internationally and has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Durfee Foundation Award that helps make this exhibition possible, the NEA Visual Arts Fellowship and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Book Award.

Station Identification at El Camino College Art Gallery from March 30 - May 1, 2009, features more than 50 works by Terry Braunstein including 2 installations-(hitherto unseen), altered books, book-like assemblage works, sculptural works, photomontage and photo and video documentation of her public art works. There will also be an exhibition of Braunstein's artwork at Craig Krull Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA running from April 11- May 16, 2009.

SUSANNA MEIERS
Curator El Camino College Art Gallery

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Arreglandose - Getting Ready

Retrato de Alejandra
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