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Gale Antokal”s collection The Messengers, like much of her previous work, is a gracious presentation, at once poetic and ghostly, of everyday subjects. While this presentation amounts to a fairly dramatic, if also hushed, formal innovation, it is always clear that form is not an end in itself, but rather Antokal”s means of gently coaxing mysterious and affecting essences from “ordinary” images that matter to her. Among other things, her works remind us of, and give back, what was lost in the photographs that served as their inspirations ” what is always lost when we see with a merely physical eye.
text by Craig Buckwald PhD
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