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BOBBI BECK’s West Side Visual Diary


November 4th, 2013 - December 27th, 2013

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Bobbi Beck returns to The St. Agnes Branch of The New York Public Library for an exhibition of her most recent artworks. As a longtime Upper Westsider she has been keeping a visual diary and chronicling her experiences in her urban surroundings as she blurs daily realities into exotic visual fantasies. Her intricate fairy-tale images are meshed with living creatures, inanimate objects, nature, machines and human forms. In the process of finding, sorting, selecting and assembling these elements for her drawings, she travels to another place beyond her urban world. These autobiographical artworks reflect her day-to-day observations and feelings conveying her emotions into renderings of humor, love, gender conflicts, marriage, family, health, joy and sorrow, anguish and global issues. The drawings contain many mysterious symbols and icons, some obvious, some secret in source and expression. Once a drawing is completed, she turns to the next page of her visual diary.

Library Visitor’s Comments:
“Weird, Whimsical and Wonderful.”
“From a man looking in ... thank you for enlightening me.”
“Your work is visually stunning. It reminds me of costume and stage design for ballet.”
“So original and forth bringing. Being a graffiti artist your work is moving and one of a kind, keep it coming.”
“It reminds me of a dream I once had.”
“I am a young artist and although art is my passion there are not many art pieces besides my own that I can relate to and identify with. Bobbi Beck’s art is so inspiring to me. She is my favorite living artist.”
“Freud would have a field day with you my dear. Your work is amazing and coupled with the ability to express it visually is a gift to us all.”
“Beautiful ... Otherworldly.”
“Disturbing yet beautiful.”
“It reminds me of something from Alice in Wonderland.”
“I love your art and I love the Library.”


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