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Akus Gallery features artist Kelly Bigelow Becerra

Willimantic, Conn. –The Julian Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University presents the exhibition, “Kelly Bigelow Becerra:  Bittersweet” a solo show.  There will be a gallery talk with the artist on February 19 at 3:00 followed by a reception from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a special performance by the Quiet Corner Fiddlers.  The exhibition runs from January 29 through March 12.

Kelly Bigelow Becerra is a contemporary artist who uses the labor-intensive process of direct, flatbed scanning of objects and people to create a digital vocabulary.  Images are created by literally placing objects in direct contact with the glass of the scanner which creates shadowy, softly modeled shapes that are oddly foreshortened. The resulting archive of imagery is used to piece together scenes from her sometimes idyllic/sometimes abusive childhood in the rural Midwest.  Both the heavily patterned images and the process itself of piecing the digital works together are inspired from traditional American sampler patterns.  The viewer is drawn in by the unassuming, familiar, and homey patterns and taken aback by the deeper message of a family in disarray. 

Bigelow Becerra was recently awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant via the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.  She has exhibited with the Rodger Lapelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA and the Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art, Ridgefield, CT, among other venues in the northeast.  She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

In addition to being an exhibiting fine artist, Kelly Bigelow Becerra is also a filmmaker. She is the co-writer and co-producer of the short film "Dear Beautiful" which was chosen as an official selection of The Sundance Film Festival 2009. Collaborating with her partner and husband Roland Becerra (director and animator of the film) Bigelow Becerra worked as assistant director, designed the distinctive "look" of the monsters seen in the film, and co-wrote the screenplay for the animated feature length version of "Dear Beautiful", which is in production. "Dear Beautiful" was winner of the Moving Pictures Magazine Animated Short Film competition and screened during The Cannes Film Festival 2007.

 

 New York Times review 1/2/09 of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition Full Circle: 10 Years of Radius which features Becerra’s archival digital work http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/nyregion/connecticut/04reviewct.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

Connecticut Post review 1/9/09 of Becerra’s film “Dear Beautiful” http://www.connpost.com/ci_11416874

Kelly Bigelow Becerra’s blog http://artstarkelly.blogspot.com/

Becerra’s film “Dear Beautiful” is one of 96 short films selected to screen at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival http://festival.sundance.org/2009/film_events/films/dear_beautiful


     Watch the February 19th Artist talk here!

      Bittersweet in the NEWS!