GALLERY 1/1 is pleased to present a one-person online exclusive exhibition of hand-cut collages by Los Angeles-based photographer, Natalie Obermaier. Entitled Coalescing the show will run from November 1 to December 31, 2019.
Coalescing is a response to the overwhelming pressures of mainstream beauty standards. Women’s fashion magazines in particular stand at a crossroads of cult, consumerism and the unattainable image. By re-appropriating and deconstructing their glossy pages into collages, Natalie “manipulates the manipulated” seeking to express something truer, hand-made and authentic. The resulting juxtapositions remind one of the excessive visual and psychological contortions that abound in advertising while also creating a new dialogue in response. Coalescing acts as both a rebuttal to the aesthetic pressures of advertising and reclamation of the human image to speak a deeper truth by reflecting a more personable and representative spirit of self.
More about Natalie:
Natalie Obermaier is a Venice, CA based photographic artist who is obsessed with the human figure. Her first love is running film through her Hasselblad, but lately she has also been honing her skills with an Exacto knife in the studio where she has found a new artistic meditation in the intense precision of hand cutting paper, patience in the slowness of accumulating pages, and sanity in reimagining new worlds with fabricated players. Natalie graduated magna cum laude from Philadelphia’s Drexel University with a degree in Photography. When she isn’t lighting sets for Mark Seliger, David La Chapelle and other commercial photographers, she continues to explore her own visual vocabulary and exhibit her work around the country.