Deanna Krueger’s Shards Series

By Alessandra Stamper 

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Deanna Krueger’s Shards series catches the viewer’s eye with a glimmering, glistening effect. Mostly square or rectangular in shape, it is not immediately apparent what the material is when looking at them afar. As one gets closer, one might guess or assume that they are fine glass shards placed together, one overlapping another. Discovering a little bit more about them, one learns that they are not glass, but actually pieces of recycled X-Ray film layered with acrylic monotype prints and stapled together. When I say stapled, I mean thousands of staples. The X-Ray film serves as a comment on the digital age and the act of recording, which is what X-Rays do. These pieces of X-ray film and acrylic monotype prints stapled together do not allow the whole piece to lie firmly, evenly against the wall. Rather, the whole piece can be moved, shaped, and molded to one’s desire. And then reshaped and remolded as one wishes. It could look like a different work of art everyday. In this way, the works take on a kind of interactive quality between the work and the viewer.

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Some are solid colors of blue, yellow, and gray hues, while others are gradients of green and blue hues, darker at the top that gradually get lighter towards the bottom, and others lighter at the top that get darker towards the bottom. At about 60” x 60”, Krueger’s Shards pieces make a statement and command a presence. The warm hues, especially of the gradient pieces, have an ephemeral quality that catches you off guard when you first see them, but stays with you long after you’ve taken them in as they stand before you.

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