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Arts Benicia Presents: Works by Hedi B. Desuyo

Friday, February 01, 2013
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Location Details:
Olson Reality, Inc.
920 1st St. #101,
Benicia, CA, 94510

What: Art Benicia Presents: Works by Hedi B. Desuyo

When: February 1, 2013
6:00-9:00 PM

Where: Olson Realty, Inc.
920 1st St # 101
Benicia, California 94510

Open during public hours.

E-mail: info [at]

Desuyo separates her photography into two categories, she calls them “taken photographs” and “made photographs.” The photographs “taken” happen out in the world. Something catches her attention, a wall in Viet Nam showing the passage of time, by layers of peeling paint. The frayed collar on a shirt, worn by a man, on a bus in Chiapas. They are like gifts for the taking, she makes the exposure and thanks the universe.

Her photographs “mad e“ happen at home. They are more demanding. She sets up tableaus, arranges and rearranges, controls the light, the smallest detail. These images usually start with an object, a doll’s head, a plant or perhaps a fragment of bone. She creates an environment that forms a relationship or a juxtaposition to the object – like gathering words for a poem.

What “taken and made” have in common, both start in “The Space Between” the space between reality and imagining. The man on the bus, is he going to visit a sick friend? The foxgloves weren’t used as hats, for finger puppets, in childhood? Hedi’s hope is that the images carry the viewer into his or her own space between.

In her review of Desuyo’s work for FOCUS, a Newsletter of the Pacific Center for the Photographic Arts, Lois Brown stated the following. “Alfred Stieglitz pioneered a vision that made way for photographic images of the natural world to suggest a sublime world beyond the physical realm. It is within this tradition of fine art photography that Hedi Desuyo’s work exposes us to images that, while roote din sicence and history, point to the ineffable world of the imagination.” Desuyo has been a photographer for over fifty years. Originally from Germany, she has lived in Benicia since 1980.

Arts Benicia Presents is a series of rotating exhibitions hosted by several venues throughout Benicia, and is an adjunct program of Arts Benicia.

Arts Benicia, a non-profit visual arts organization, gallery and arts education center, is located at 991 Tyler St., #114 in Benicia’s historic Arsenal district. For more information regarding this exhibit and other Arts Benicia events, please call 707-747-0131, e-mail info [at], or visit
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