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Erin Dunn is one of two artists displaying their work Tuesday in the Harris Art Gallery. The joint installation, “Someone Told Me You’d Be Here,” also features Cal State Long Beach photography professor Kyle Riedel. Dunn’s piece “Untitled” was made from mixed media such as airbrushed shrubs, stickers, and beads. According to the artist, this particular piece focused on gravity and chemical reactions, and was created “by accident” over a great amount of time. / photo by Jakeh Landrum

Tennille Wright
Staff Writer

“Someone Told Me You’d Be Here” features Southern California artists Erin Dunn and Kyle Riedel.

Harmony is the best word to describe the relationship between work of the two artists featured in this exhibit, which opened in the Harris Art Gallery this week and runs through Dec. 2.

Although the artists styles are strikingly dissimilar, their work is complimentary.

“There is a good balance between the two,” said Dion Johnson, director of university art galleries.

Dunn showcased her artistry with paintings, animation and a hanging tapestry called “The Snake in the Garden.”

“It took the entire summer to complete it but gave me an excuse to watch lots of Netflix videos,” Dunn said.

Dunn’s work also included paintings inspired by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The paintings have an almost three-dimensional feel, and use bright colors to show emotion and chaos.

“A lot of it was accidental, the effects of gravity and chemical reactions. A total mess but still beautiful,” Dunn said of her art.

An animated video created by Dunn was shown throughout the reception.

The video, starring a spirited wire puppet monkey, was created using stop motion photography.

Many fellow artists came to view the duos variety of artwork, which utilized paint, photography, sculpture and video were all utilized in the exhibit.

“My favorite is the installation piece by Kyle Riedel,” said Diana Pastrana, a Cal State Long Beach student, said.

“I like the additions of color and the contrast between artificial and natural,” said Collette Beardshear of Santa Ana.

“My favorite is ‘She Speaks,’” Marc Pearson, California State University, Long Beach student, said.

“She Speaks” is a photograph by Kyle Rieldel, which at first glance, confuses the viewer.

From a distance, the photo gives the impression that the subject in the composition is metal or rock fragments, but in fact it is wrinkled pieces of paper that contain pictures of rocks that are grouped together and photographed for an interesting effect.

“I like to have the viewer question what they are looking at to challenge photographic perspective,” Riedel said.

Riedel’s photos involve taking natural elements and contrasting them with unnatural materials.

“I think it is interesting… the juxtaposition of natural objects and their relationship to the man -made environment or constructed space,” Pearson said.

“I made this by going to the desert and working alone, and (asking) ‘if nature could make its own work of art what would it say?’ It doesn’t speak our language,” Riedel said.

Dunn graduated with her bachelor’s of fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design and has shown her works all over the United States.

Riedel graduated from the University of Texas with a master’s of fine arts.

He is currently an assistant professor of arts at Cal State Long Beach.

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Esther Shaw was drawn to the lone sculptural piece of Cal State Long Beach art professor Kyle Riedel during the reception Tuesday for “Someone Told Me You’d Be Here” in the Harris Art Gallery. The exhibit features the work of Riedel and Erin Dunn. Many of Riedel’s current and former students from Cal State Long Beach attended Tuesday’s gallery reception. / photo by Jakeh Landrum

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