Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) announces Unusual Suspects. Paintings and Photographs by Holly Roberts

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) presents Unusual Suspects. Paintings and Photographs by Holly Roberts an exhibition on view February 4 – May 6, 2012.

Experience the fresh, fearless world of Holly Roberts at MOPA this winter with a collection of Unusual Suspects: Painted Photographs by Holly Roberts, on view February 4 through May 6, 2012. Featuring 23 contemporary pieces, created from 2006 to 2009, Unusual Suspects will delight, inspire and inform through the deeply layered narratives carefully woven by Roberts.

Roberts’ compelling work is influenced by the people and experiences of her immediate surroundings blended together through a rich mixture of painting, photography and collage that pays tribute to imagination, ritual and fantasy. Roberts draws inspiration for many of the pieces found in Unusual Suspects from her time spent in the southwest, where Roberts still resides today, and her unique exposure to the allegory and traditions of the Native American culture of the region, resulting in images that challenge most definitions of the photographic medium.

Holly Roberts, Fenix 2009 Photographic mixed media, copyright Holly Roberts , Modernbook Gallery.

“Holly Roberts is one of the most original artists of our time,” said Deborah Klochko, executive director, MOPA. “Her work is engaging and innovative, blurring the boundaries between painting and photography with a rich visual narrative that everyone can engage with.”

Unusual Suspects features a video component, allowing visitors an inside look at Roberts’ creative process, including the technique behind images featured in the exhibition. Additionally, the exhibition will feature a segment on collage throughout the history of the photographic medium.

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