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ART EXHIBITION – FEB – Context for Crisis – Charles Everett

February 2, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Context For Crisis
Charles Everett
Feb 3 – Feb 25

“There’s nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight.” – Lon Chaney

Context matters.

Our confidence in the information we use to define circumstance plays a crucial role in the decisions we make.

Context influences important areas of our life such as our perception of risk, credibility, and identity (to name a few). Out of context, media such as photos, sound bites, or quotes lose their intended meaning. Freed from their original circumstance subjects become referentially promiscuous, their context open to interpretation.

In such a disoriented state even familiar objects can invoke intense feelings of anxiety and dread.

The paintings in this exhibit contrast the rational and emotional circumstances that influence how we assign and experience meaning.

Paintings typically feature realistic representations of common objects within an abstracted ground. The expressionistic context isolates familiar forms from their familiar contexts; in place of skies, pastures, and waiting rooms the painting’s subjects are integrated within a matrix of doodles, cyphers, and sheets of color.

Birds are not flying, horses are not loose on the earth, and chairs serve no apparent purpose.

The intent of the abstracted background is to deny the viewer information that would otherwise inform and orientate. Use of mark-making, text, and multiple media reinforce the contrast between subject and background but also suggest a new interpretation of the subject’s circumstance.

I paint mixed media poems about real and abstracted experience.

Mark making and choice of media reflect competing interests of the rational and emotional: daydream analysis and the memory of an unreliable witness.

My process is impulsive and intuitive and intentional, a void in a routine of processes. My subjects and themes are evolved through the process. I make a mark, I step inside, I start to paint.

Exhibit opening Saturday, Feb 3
Mackay Gallery 4-7pm
Artist Talk – 6pm


February 2, 2018
February 25, 2018
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