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Tricky Po Pables, 06/12/10 Oil On Canvas 6` X 6.5` © Artist's Right Reserved
June 12th, 2010 - July 12th, 2010
Opening: June 12th, 2010 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

North Side
Post Modernism, Hyper Realization, avant-garde mixed-media, installation, conceptual, surrealism, figurative, modern, sculpture


Betty Dare’s Influence

Betty Dare Art Gallery curates an exhibition entitled Influence.  The artists featured in this show are Rory Coyne, Martin Bernstein, Tristan Hummel and Aaron Straus. Through their chosen mediums of installation, painting and sculpture, each artist challenges the social construct of archetypes and objects. Rory Coyne’s paintings externalize the animalistic essence of the individual. He portrays this dualism by utilizing embodiments of mythic archetypes. The supremacy of saga is a prevalent in Martin Bernstein’s sculptures as well.  Unlike the typical visuals of sculpture, his work is a manifestation of the mythos of home. Through the process of frenetic embellishment, he reevaluates the value of household objects. Entities that we consider essential are reoriented as relic emblems into a realm of magnificence. His works denote the objects as trophies, spackled with drops of an omniscient rainbow and added sediment; his work reenergizes the object into a treasure trove of live. The process of observation through mystical intent is a strong aspect of Aaron Straus’s installation as well. This striking circular installation of mythic revelation is achieved through a rich radiance of light and rich earth. These prevalent elements transport the viewer into a fabled place of experience. Tristan Hummel’s series of spray painted bikes denote transportation in a physical sense. These portraitures of bicycles employ a simulacrum of fresh decomposition negating the functionality of these vehicles.
Influence inspires the audience to reassess their personal myth of life and examine the role of external forces. Through animism, worship of our mementos and shifting spectral externality, these systems implore the viewer to revaluate the origins of man into a numinous present. Influence opens on June 12th at Betty Dare Gallery, 1319 W. Chicago Avenue from
7 p.m. until 11 p.m. All media is invited to attend. More information can be found at