February 5, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 5, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Traditionally, the phrase “character education” suggests the training of individuals to help them to be moral, civic, well-behaved, and compliant beings. But the surreal and grotesque characters in Sandagata’s latest series of paintings are not managing their end of that process well. Some struggle for power (Enhanced Interrogation Techniques), some face heartbreak (My Heart Will Go On), and others are here to party (Spring Breakerrz). Despite their fantastical, alien bodies and the obsessive patterns Sandagata creates with their forms, we recognize our humanity all too readily in the stories they tell.
The reception is open and free to the public, and takes place in conjunction with the 12th Annual College Show opening.
Character Education is on view through July 28, but closed during the Memorial Day and July 4 weekends. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 12:00-4:00PM, or by appointment.
Image: detail from What To Expect When You’re Expecting, acrylic on found wood, 28″ x 68″