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Peter De Lory   Objects of Curiosity



March 5, 1983 - March 27, 1983

Photographer  Peter De Lory lives in Ketchum, Idaho, where he is employed as an instructor of photography by the Sun Valley Centre for the Arts.
More importantly, De Lory is an artist/alchemist, creating visual dreams through the arrangement of diverse by familiar objects. This juxtaposition of elements creates strange relationships – the most mundane objects assume a persona or appear to exhibit intention. Given this evocative thrust, the viewer tends to generate a storyline or symbolic meaning for the image. Bits of plastic ephemera, flotsam and jetsam of the nuclear age, are found in the context of the primitive – high tech in collision with nature. The mind struggles to grasp the significance, compute relationships, to reconcile this novel, inventive paradox.  The photographs could be said to refer in format to trompe l’oeil illusionist painting of the 19th century America or, in a contemporary sense, to Cornell’s wonderful boxes.

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