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Price $8 adult; $6 senior; $5 student
Age Suitability None Specified
Category Photography

Strange Beauty: The Work of Ruud van Empel

Thursday, Dec 20, 2012 10:00a to 5:00p

Ruud van Empel’s first American solo exhibition invites us to contemplate vibrant photo-art collages of fabricated realities. Strange Beauty features over 40 of van Empel’s digitally enhanced pieces, displaying images of perfect beauty with sinister undertones. Van Empel constructs his works through staged photography, digital enhancement and collage.

Created by mopaintern

Location & Nearby Info
Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 238-7559
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USER REVIEWS
Nov 06, 2012 - secondopinion
Another Photo Museum Bummer

Strange -Yes
Beauty - Shiny and Colorful but ....

It has been 6 months since the Photo Museum changed its main exhibit. It will be 6 more til this 2 rooms of photos moves on. It is this immobility of exhibits as much as their content and meagre offering that troubles me. I really like photography, I really do not like the operation of this museum.

As for this exhibit- what is it that gives it a high Squirm Factor? That is my honest reaction...discomfort and not for any outrage or strong concept. Am I alone in reacting to this as special effects as art? Did the use of way too cute and artificial black children as props not seem to others to have a wrong feel? Not cute, not otherworldly, let us say...peculiar and not quite right. I must say there is also a bit of that old big eyed children on velvet effect. There is a dazzle of color and detail, it is not uninteresting but it also is creepy in a way not having to do with art.
Eight bucks for 20 minutes in the gallery if you take your time. For me that is excessive. And given the impact....not recommended.

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