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November

Sordoni Art Gallery Reception

What: Performance and Artist’s Reception

When: Thursday, November 5, 5-7pm. Performance at 5:30.

Where: Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University. 150 South River Street

Free and open to the Public

For more information: Stanley I Grand, 717-468-0701 or 570-490-4325 or Stanley.grand@wilkes.edu

Drawing inspiration from Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth, David Mazure (aka MMXII Collective) seeks to reanimate traditional myths to meet today’s psychological, cultural, and social demands. This exhibition re-contextualizes the Biblical myth of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse —conquest, war, famine, and death—in order to enable the viewer to analyze and understand the predominant influence corporate capitalism (The Corporation) has over our visible and invisible day-to-day realities. In the Baroque tradition of unifying all the arts (opera comes to mind), the exhibition combines installation, painting, printmaking, and performance to create an alternate mythology in contrast to, and in conflict with, the dominant ideology of consumption and profit. The performance portion of the exhibition will occur during the artist’s reception on Thursday, November 5 at 5:30 pm. The performance and reception are free; the public is invited.

CONQUEST is represented by a quartet of black Plexiglas panels that obscure 90% of the images behind them and thus prevent the viewer from consuming (understanding) their content. The installation is designed to leave the viewer questioning the detrimental effect control and consumption has on our experience of reality.

WAR is represented by 250 silkscreened clayboards arranged in a repeating wallpaper-like pattern of Defeated/Amputees, which have been abstracted from observational drawings of actual victims. The Defeated/Amputees suggest a reoccurring correlation between war and pattern.

FAMINE consists of an artist talk/performance-action during the opening reception. The artist will describe the process by which the large silkscreen installation, Defeated/Amputees (WAR), was created. The presentation will be simultaneously informative and ambiguous creating a symbolic Famine. By withholding information, the artist seeks to usurp a corporate strategy in order to promote an alternate and opposing agenda.

DEATH is represented by two artworks: the Death logo, revealed during the performance, and the same logo rearranged as a puzzle on an opposite wall. The latter, which looms over the entire exhibition like Big Brother, represents how The Corporation pervades almost every aspect of our daily lives while remaining obscured except to those with critical awareness. Represented by the Neptune’s Kingdom tapestry and a floor installation, The Little Mermaid critiques mythmaking for profit. The exhibition/installation/performance emphasizes beauty as cerebral dynamism rather than fetishized art object.

David Mazure is Associate Professor of Art + Design at East Stroudsburg University. He earned his B.F.A. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and his M.F.A. from East Tennessee State University.


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