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Human…..Nature: A Guy Colwell Retrospect
Art exhibition spanning the artist’s work from the 1970’s to the current day, featuring nearly 100 pieces
Wednesday May 30, 6:00-8:00 pm
While his art has endured several evolutions in his lifetime, today Guy Colwell calls his work “figurative social surrealism”, taking on social and political issues and the broader Western experience.
As the artist states:
“My work tends to be far outside the familiar and expected mainstream of visual art today. Most of it, as it has always been, is challenging, thought provoking and controversial. It is work that most people will be amazed to see and appreciate in a gallery or a museum but may not consider hanging in the living room. They are essays on contemporary reality rather than aesthetically pleasing decorations.
This artwork is outward looking. Confronting the world as it is and engaging in public discourse about it, are more important to me than exposing the inner self or producing lovely spots of color to decorate walls.
It is artwork that looks at the human world as we find it now in the early 21st century. It is artwork that looks at the natural world as it is, threatened and threatening. And, at its crucial heart, this artwork is an exploration of not only the social reality of human beings but the relationship, or more precisely, the alienation that exists between the human and natural worlds.
These pictures from the 1970’s until the present should be read as pictorial essays about the state of life from the perspective of one big primate at this moment in time.”
It is a powerful, exhibition with an adamant sense of realism that leaves a lasting impression.
Show curated by Micah LeBrun