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Collage, patterns collide, question reality in exhibit

“PANORAMA,” an installation by Natalie Lanese, combines collage and pop patterns to set up narratives that address, oftentimes humorously, the more serious realities of American culture.

“In the Mountains” is part of Natalie Lanese’s “PANORAMA” exhibit on display in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery through Saturday, Sept. 28.

“In the Mountains” is part of Natalie Lanese’s “PANORAMA” exhibit on display in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery through Saturday, Sept. 28.

Her massive scale patterns transform into a geometric landscape in which the collaged elements create conceptual spaces and confront ideas of image vs. reality, depth and depthlessness.

The exhibition is on display through Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on the UT Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

“Natalie Lanese’s ‘PANORAMA’ is really something to behold,” said Ben Pond, UT art lecturer and director of the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery. “This painting and collage installation, created particularly for our gallery, has completely transformed the space. The work itself is contained along three walls; however, it alters the gallery in such a significant manner with vibrant color, bold three-dimensional pattern, and both humorous and appetizing collage elements.”

Lanese, a Toledo resident, is an assistant professor of art and gallery director at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich.

She recently has exhibited at Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, N.Y.; the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass.; Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Mass.; and the Scope International Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on the free, public exhibition, contact Pond at benjamin.pond@utoledo.edu or 419.530.8346.