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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laurie Steelink 310.266.9216 or steelink@track16.com
Images available upon request

WITH YOUR FACE CLOSE TO MINE: Drawings by Maureen Selwood
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THE SECRET LIVES OF STIFFS: Photographs by Ann Fishbein

October 21 - November 23, 2010

Opening reception Saturday, October 23, 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.

Track 16 is pleased to present new exhibitions of drawings by Maureen Selwood and photographs by Ann Fishbein. Both artists raise important questions about our search for identity.

Selwood looks at the ways childhood can define us: "Symbols, saints, and visions were a normal part of my life growing up. I am looking back at childhood and recognizing moments of savage beauty and the secret places and events of that time. My sister and I often inhabited an imaginary world as a result of being left alone and to escape the confusion of our mother’s words and actions. As twins, we had our own secret language. These drawings are about using another language."

Maureen Selwood works in hand-drawn animation for film, installation and performance. She was a recipient of a Prix de Rome in 2003 and currently teaches at CalArts. Her films have been shown worldwide.

Fishbein looks at how mannequins can become mirrors for us: "Mannequins can be headless or missing a limb, but we humans are undiscouraged by these limitations. At times, we walk past these working stiffs without a second glance–their presence is so familiar that we don't question their odd existence. But sometimes a mannequin's outstretched hand, its fingertips seemingly reaching for some kind of connection, give us pause. We search for signs of humanity behind their blank-vessel expressions."

Anne Fishbein is a contributing photographer to the L.A. Weekly. Her work resides in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and other international institutions.