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In the Main Gallery

Change-bias: the work of Brett Phares and Richard Cutrona

Opening Reception Second Saturday April 13th, 2013 6-9 pm
Exhibition runs from April 13th thru May 5th

Fur As I can See

Brett Phares reveals our relations to media, how different elements accumulate into unpredictable associations-at once viewed as discrete lyrical objects in which historical, institutional and personal memory converge, all predicated on the simultaneous avowal and disavowal of narrative unity-and how we individually tame what appears untamable, into coherent packets of information. His art sheds light on the intellectual and bodily disorientation, the surrender to ethical perdition of lives spent traveling through media domains, seemingly at the extreme limits of imaginable experience, suspended in a space where the bounds between reality and illusion are confused. The key question to address is not what Brett Phares’ artifacts are about, but rather what position they adopt in the fluidity of perception they depict.

 

Richard Cutrona deals with issues of American identity and his work is a reaction to changing definitions of American Exceptionalism in a post 9/11 world. The notion that the United States is unique in its national fiber and circumstance of creation has led to a well-publicized and steadily evolving dogma of American superiority. This ideology has produced disasters in both our foreign and domestic policies. War, economic collapse, and flailing civil rights legislation are inextricably linked to a nationwide philosophical movement that clings to the notion of America as an ideal society.

By blurring the line between the data streams of contemporary mass media and the more meditative qualities of Middle Eastern Art, I open a dialog that addresses our ideas on the relationship between the United States, The Middle East and the rest of the world. I have chosen the lenticular print as my primary medium because of the disarming effect it has on the viewer. The lenticular image momentarily strips away our ability to critically assess the visual information being presented to us. Constantly in flux, these pieces speak to the malleable nature of human perception. The lenticular effect is essentially a control mechanism and its use takes modern media propaganda an extra step toward an absurdity that is more transparent.

 

 

Brett Phares is a visual artist working with simulation technologies and public installation, exploring attentional blindness in physical experience and god-like awareness in digital space. With 20+ years in interactive media, he has created innovative communications for some very prominent international brands, much of which informs the visual syntax underlying his work. He completed his MFA at Hunter College, NYC in Integrated Media Arts, and took his MA at the University of Stony Brook, NY, in Art History, Theory and Criticism. Living in Cold Spring, NY, he spends a good chunk of time in Alys Beach FL directing an artist residency and curating the annual projected art festival, Digital Graffiti, http://digitalgraffiti.com Portfolio located at http://mrphares.com

Richard Cutrona is an artist and independent curator living and working in New York City. He holds a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, and an MFA in Visual Art from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Richard is the director and founder of Good Question Gallery curatorial projects. He is currently wrapping up post-production on “Flip World,” a documentary film exploring the multifaceted world of stereoscopic art. Richard is primarily a lenticular printmaker; below is a link that provides some more information about the lenticular process.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenticular_printing

 

In The Beacon Room

Travels: Kurtis Brand

Opening Reception Second Saturday April 13th, 2013 6-9 pm

Exhibition runs from April 13th thru May 5th
Our Third exhibition in the Beacon Room features new works by Kurtis Brand, an up and coming contemporary painter.

Brand

Kurtis Brand
has been developing a unique modern expressionistic style. His
work is representative of many years of development and wood-shedding, both with his art and his person. His work follows the ebb and flow of his travels over the past 7 years of living and traveling in an RV and practicing in Zen Centers across America, often influenced by his practice and its associated rituals. In much of his work you can see the torture of human suffering working its way to the surface, seeking answers and finding clarity.

 

Says Brand of his process,”There is a burning desire to express the inexpressible, a deep need for discovery within the ambiguity of an image. Though it is often a feeble attempt, it is the exact attempt repeated over and over again until, when thought disappears, something special occurs.

 

Kurtis has a BFA in Painting from Ohio University in Columbus, OH and a second BFA in Design from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.