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September 21, 2006 to December 31, 2006

Narrative Symmetry: Photographs by Christine McMonagle

Originally taken as Polaroids, Christine McMonagle, considers her series Narrative Symmetry as a study of personal relationships told through time.

As a series of diptychs, representing two moments or instances during the photographic process, they are images that hint at a deeper narrative--one that reveals less of the instance reflected in the image but more of the rapport between artist and subject. The instantaneous nature of the Polaroid process allows McMonagle to represent this connection in a method that could be described as impulsive and unfiltered. As the artist states, “More like an open-ended narrative than a clear description, the images are a little out of focus and indefinite. As much a study of myself as the subject, they are my memories and my stories.”

McMonagle received a B.F.A from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia and has studied at the University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld, Germany and the Campus of Temple University in Rome, Italy. Exhibitions include: Viewpoint, InLiquid at the Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia (2005); North of the Border: Art in Northern Liberties 3, Philadelphia (2004); Photoimage 03: CPI Annual Photography Competition, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia (2003); and Eleventh Annual Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition, New Hope, PA (2003). McMonagle now works a Freelance Photography Assistant in Philadelphia.

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