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Images by Allyson Ely Selected by Praxis Gallery

Ellen Gilkerson | Published on 6/24/2024

Fallen Angel (Cloth Embedded in Mud) and An Uncommon Beauty, images by PACC member Allyson Ely, have been selected for inclusion in The Found Object Exhibition at the Praxis Gallery and Photo Arts Center in Minneapolis.


For this exhibition, Praxis solicited photographic art that explores the subject of the “found object” as pure visual form, detached from its history or utility, or conversely, the representation of the object as a catalyst for exploring broader issues such as subjectivity and socialization, memory and loss, or love and death.  The juror was W. Scott Olsen, writer, photographer, and professor of English at Concordia College.  The exhibition will be on the walls July 20 through August 17.  The opening reception will take place on Saturday, July 20, 6 to 8 PM.  The temporary gallery may be seen at


Allyson says:

– Fallen Angel (Cloth Embedded in Mud):  

In front of a small church near the Louvre, I discovered a garment embedded in dried mud.  It was an unusual sight: the surrounding mud was  uncharacteristically white, almost luminous; the cloth itself was coarse, but so delicately colored and folded that it was transformed into something lovely and ethereal. Here laya fallen angel. Or, perhaps the miracle was a smaller one: the time of day, the angle of light.

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Allyson Ely:  Fallen Angel (Cloth Embedded in Mud)

– An Uncommon Beauty, from the series of the same name:

I continue to be intrigued by the vast, dark spaces and commanding pieces of machinery in these cement silos.  During an early visit, I saw a small compressor, recessed in a dark corner and illuminated by a bright halo of light.  The subtle shadows cast on the floor and brilliant highlights created  an arresting image.  While insignificant in size compared to others, this compressor had a presence and personality of its own.  Although there are better images in my portfolio, this remains my favorite.

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Allyson Ely:  An Uncommon Beauty

Praxis Gallery and Photographic Arts Center is a community-based arts organization that aims to support the development of emerging photographic artists and is the only non-profit dedicated photographic arts center in Minnesota.  Praxis provides photographic exhibitions and learning opportunities that inform, challenge, and engage the individual artist, and promotes artists’ work to local and international audiences.




Praxis Gallery and Photo Arts Center:

  2637 27th Avenue South

  Minneapolis, MN 55406



The Found Object Exhibition:

  July 20 – August 17

  Opening reception:  Saturday, July 20, 6 PM to 8 PM

  Online gallery (current location):


Gallery hours:

  Saturday:  12 PM to 5 PM 

  Tuesday through Friday:  By appointment – phone 612-345-5571.

  Note that the office will be closed July 1 – 8.