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September 20, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - December 13, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

The artists of Uncanny/Figure—Holly Coulis, Jenny Dubnau, Angela Dufresne, David Fertig, Dennis Kardon, Elizabeth King, Richard Kizu-Blair, Matthew Miller, Sarah Peters, Rona Pondick, and Alexi Worth—believe that a visual lexicon dedicated to the figure and descriptive representation is still exciting and innovative, not nostalgic. One reason for their renewed interest in figuration might be that in an age of the increasingly virtual, it reaffirms the importance of our bodies, reminding us that we are more than incorporeal mind.
What seems more topical is the idea of the uncanny which informs the other half of the exhibition’s theme. The uncanny also has a long history, as periods of enlightened, measured rationality alternate with periods of the surreal, the supernatural, the grotesque and the sublime. It is a word that appears with great frequency of late, reflecting an anxiety that is global, mirroring realities that ricochet through all levels of our lives, from the social and political to the personal and psychological.
Uncanny/Figure is ultimately a looking glass world, in which the real is mirrored and returned to us with distortions, or the distortions are returned to us as real, where nothing is quite fixed or what we expected. Its artists take our familiar world and propose another one in its place, spun through their savvy, wayward minds, unruly figuration in tow—with their agile hands as executor—to tell us tales about the human condition.


September 20, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
December 13, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
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Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs
11-03 45th Ave
Long Island City, New York 11101

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