Featuring 59 works by 52 area artists, it's located on the fourth floor of the
The works were chosen from among 400 entries from throughout the region by jurors
Their choice for Best in Show, and the
Their multimedia video of the same title is a survey of Dadpranks content for their website (dadpranks.tumblr.com) they created over the past year, including video and photographic elements displayed on a monitor and six iPads.
For example, in one video, one of the women runs her fingers through the bristles of a broom. In another, she holds her hand above an ice cube tray to catch a falling lump of clay.
"Dadpranks is an all-woman collaborative team," says
From there, the exhibit falls into categories of more traditional media, with a wide variety of paintings on display in particular. They range in size from the huge triptych "3 Masked Men" by
Through a mixture of modern and traditional mediums, Brown has created a moody narrative piece with the former, in which three life-size figures seemingly emerge from the surface of each respective panel. The latter, which depicts a young woman donning a raincoat, conveys a sense of intimacy. It is housed in a handmade frame made to resemble an open door that can easily be shut.
Byrne says that, for the past year or so, he has been painting small works like this, mostly portraits, in oil and egg tempera. "While I usually make my own frames, this one is unique with the addition of doors that I painted to create the illusion of weathered wood," he says. It's a novel idea, and one that is sure to grab attention.
Also housing her work in a novel way is
Bestiaries are compendiums of animals or natural objects, and were very popular in the Middle Ages. Each animal (or plant or rock) described was often accompanied by a moral lesson or explanatory bit of information.
"I was struck by how the address book was filled with names, numbers, and, in some case, places that no longer existed, and wanted to use the rest of the available space to create a sort of paean to disappearing figures in nature," she says.
The animals Mangano has painted are considered endangered or extinct. They are not systematically alphabetized or labeled (The Chinese River Dolphin is on the "D" page, for example, while the
"I did include excerpts from
One of the real showstoppers on exhibit is not a painting, but a drawing. At 4 feet by 6 feet, "My Frederic Chopin Dream" by
Blevins says the drawing has a bit of a long story, but in short, "I had dreamt of the image first."
"As I began this drawing, there was a nostalgia about it that sent me back to the days when I was young and taught myself piano," she says. "My first experience with music was Chopin, and it was my ambition to play piano that way. As I was working on the drawing, I recalled the painful memories of when that dream had ended and personal matters with family became more important. Instead of relentless piano-playing, I was taken to drawing, instead, to express myself. This drawing, was almost an accidental window of opportunity to not only cope with the dream I had left when I was young, but the realization of how it had became another dream."
Though there is not a lot of sculptural works in this exhibit as compared to those in years previous, what there are on display are well-conceptualized pieces, such as "Little Nuggets" by Fenny Lai of
A series of interior castings of origami boxes painted in shades of blue, ivory and turquoise, Lai says, "While making the origami boxes, I have to inflate them individually in the same way one would blow into a balloon. These boxes, therefore, each hold a pocket of my breath. I then poured plaster into the boxes in order to capture an impression of and to solidify each breath."
The remaining works are just as interesting and thought-provoking, making for an important component to the festival that is free and not to be missed.
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