Fantastic Realism and The Puzzle Aesthetic
Fantastic Realism reprise, a captivating new exhibit showcasing provocative and imaginative artworks in a variety of media, opened at LuminArte Gallery on May 25, 2013. The international exhibition will run through June 29th, with a final reception on June 22, 2013. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Sometime playful, often times haunting, the phenomenal, dreamlike artworks highlighted in this exhibition depict the evolution of a deeply intellectual and imaginative artist movement as expressed by both local and international artists, including Katrin Alvarez, Shahla Rosa, Magi Calhoun, Chema Gil, Alan Shepard, Sue Little, Mark Vey, Sergei Rodionov, Liba W. Stambollion, Patrick Soulieres, Kathy Seaboyer, Trent Mann, Salvatore Zagami, Jeff McClung, Otto Rapp, Santiago Ribeiro and Tina Spiro.
Coinciding with Fantastic Realism is The Puzzle Aesthetic Exhibit which features multi-media art influenced by the novel, which is created through photography, video and painted works by Jim Lively, Jamie Labar and Kay Dalton and focuses squarely on the average person existing within the happenstance tide that is corporate America. A highlight of the exhibition is a video installation called “Exit Interview” where Lively incorporates almost verbatim, the absurd questions that were posed to him in his own exit interview. Model and actress, Arden Debelle is acting the part of Jim Keeton, the protagonist in Lively’s book. Lively filmed and edited numerous takes of the entire interview process as Arden’s responses deteriorated from legitimate response to the type of sarcastic responses more deserving in light of the absurd questions being posed.
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