Deborah Oropallo


DATES: November 16, 2019 - January 26, 2020

RECEPTION: Sunday, November 17 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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FLIGHT critiques our cultural habituation to political and ecological traumas. Deborah Oropallo employs photomontage as a strategy for visualizing how media-based images accumulate and overwhelm our collective consciousness. The works in FLIGHT depicts what she describes as conflicted “moral terrains.”

Oropallo presents her new works as “journalism in visual form,” and her compositions bear witness to global traumas that are all-too-often underreported, including oil spills and mass fires, as well as acts of human violence. By sourcing images from online news outlets, she draws attention to critical events that most people will never see, and which are elided from mainstream reportage.

Oropallo was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. She received a B.F.A. from Alfred University and an M.A/M.F.A. from The University of California, Berkeley. Although originally trained in painting, her practice incorporates mixed media including photomontage, computer editing, print technique and paint. Her composite works utilize layered visual sources to produce a dense interplay between time, place, form and content. The resulting works bear traces of the distortions that evolve or remain from digital manipulation and removal.

Oropallo’s work is included in the permanent collections of multiple institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. Her work is the subject of two monographs: POMP (2009) published by Gallery 16, and How To, published by the San Jose Museum of Art. Oropallo is also a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Engelhard Award and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Oropallo lives in West Marin, California and has been represented by Catharine Clark Gallery since 2013.