Wilkes University


Sordoni Art Gallery Performance and Reception at Wilkes University

Wilkes University presents a performance and reception at the Sordoni Art Gallery, 150 South River St., on Nov. 5. The event showcases the gallery’s new exhibition, New Mythologists: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse & The Little Mermaid.  The artist’s reception is from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., with the live performance at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Dec. 12.

David Mazure, associate professor of art and design at East Stroudsburg University, draws inspiration from Joseph Campbell’s documentary, The Power of Myth. The exhibition combines installation, painting, printmaking, and performance to create an alternate mythology to the culture of consumption and profit. 

Mazure seeks to reanimate traditional myths to meet today’s psychological, cultural, and social demands. This exhibition re-examines 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 influence corporate capitalism has over our day-to-day realities. 

Famine consists of an artist talk and performance presented during the opening reception. The artist will describe the process by which the large silkscreen installation was created, which is simultaneously informative and ambiguous creating a symbolic famine.

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, which looms over the entire exhibition like Big Brother. Mazure reveals his concept of how corporate capitalism 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. 

Conquest is represented by a quartet of black Plexiglas panels that obscure 90% of the images behind them. 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 pattern of Defeated/Amputees, suggested from drawings of actual victims as a correlation between war and pattern.

Mazure earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and his master of fine arts degree from East Tennessee State University. For more information, contact Stanley Grand at 570-490-4325 or stanley.grand@wilkes.edu.