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Visual Art Source: Patti Oleon

March 31, 2017 - John Zotos

In “Window Dressing” complete darkness surrounds a double windowpane that provides the only source of light at the center of the canvas. The light exposes carved wood paneling and a table, each doubled like the window, producing the effect of a mysterious photographic multiple exposure. In “Venice Restaurant” the topmost portion of the canvas reveals a ceiling, seemingly normal enough, but then Oleon places three connected walls with rows of mirrors underneath it, cleverly repeating the sequence directly below the first set as if it could go on into infinity. It makes this painting compelling to the eye, like watching the twisting and curling sets in the movie “Inception,” as they fold over each other in all of those interlacing dreams. Only we can study these and her other images to our hearts’ content. These paintings are windows that link us to intimate dreamscapes.


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