November 16 - December 23, 2005
In Stretch, Oropallo is pushing
pixels like paint, expanding, extending and spreading the images to new
formats. These more abstract presentations explore how far an object can
be obscured or exaggerated and still register as recognizable, testing the
number of visual cues required of the viewer for the process of
identification. Sections of an image are digitally slit, repositioned and
collaged with expressively altered sections of the same image, creating a
disorienting effect and confounding a clear reading of foreground and
background. The activated imagery exhibits an unfocused and distorted
outcome that lends the impression of optical vibration to the works, and,
in some cases, the effect of exaggerated motion.
Oropallo selects images of seemingly benign objects from domestic life: toys, bedroom items, and iconic symbols of home and neighborhood, often borrowed from the internet, and wields them theatrically, mining a subtext that produces an unexpected beauty while insinuating a subtle sense of unease and anxiety. Repetition is paramount in past works by Oropallo, and continues to play an important role in these new pieces. The use of multiple presentations of an object emphasizes the monotony of domestic existence and the unsung dramas of daily life.