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Dianne Kornberg: Then/Now 1992-2014

Prographica Gallery
Seattle, WA – Sep 6-Oct 11, 2014

Madonna Comix and Other Collaborations

Western Gallery
Bellingham, WA – Sep 29-Nov 22, 2014

Dianne Kornberg, Education of Virgin 11

Dianne Kornberg, Education of Virgin 11 (2012), from Madonna Comix with poet and writer Celia Bland, archival pigment print [Prographica Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 6-Oct 11/Western Gallery, Bellingham WA, Sep 29-Nov 22] © 2012 D. Kornberg


Dianne Kornberg, Madonna of Materialism 1
Dianne Kornberg, Madonna of Materialism 1 (2012), from Madonna Comix with poet and writer Celia Bland, archival pigment print [Prographica Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 6-Oct 11/Western Gallery, Bellingham WA, Sep 29-Nov 22] © 2012 D. Kornberg


Dianne Kornberg, Things Fall Apart
Dianne Kornberg, Things Fall Apart (2009), from “The Lore Which Nature Brings” with poet Elisabeth Frost, archival pigment print [Prographica Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 6-Oct 11/Western Gallery, Bellingham WA, Sep 29-Nov 22] © 2009 D. Kornberg


Dianne Kornberg is well known for her large-scale gelatin silver prints of biological specimens, photographed with immaculate beauty. In her most recent work, the artist has engaged in several collaborative projects with poets as well as delved into the digital realm of computer-based photo collage and manipulation. The exhibition at Prographica includes prints that span over 20 years of Kornberg’s photography.

The exhibit at Western Gallery focuses exclusively on Kornberg’s poetry-based collaborations, including her first projects that incorporate words by poet Elisabeth Frost. Arachne (2008) and The Lore Which Nature Brings (2009) are sensitive amalgams of image and text that stylistically reflect the historical and close-up vantage points of Kornberg’s previous imagery.

In much of her newest work, the artist turns to more experimental digital practices to create painterly effects. This inaugural showing of the Madonna Comix (2012), a series of 26 large-scale pigment prints, resulted from an image and word reciprocation with East Coast poet and writer Celia Bland. Based on poems about a metaphoric Madonna, the layered pieces incorporate text, female imagery and hazy background remnants of Little Lulu comic book pages from Kornberg’s youth. The powerful images speak about the iconography of women as physical, spiritual, sexual and maternal beings.

Western Gallery exhibition: signing, lecture and walking tour,
Oct 12, noon to 2pm








 Wed, Sep 10, 2014