Imagined Worlds, an exhibition celebrating humor and fantasy in everyday life, will open December 12 and run through January 25 at the Schelfhaudt Gallery in the Arnold Bernhard Center, UB.
Featuring works by Rob Beam, Frank Iovino, kHyal, and Frank Foster Post, Imagined Worlds invites the viewer to consider how contemporary culture and media influence one another and how quotidian life is elevated to art. About the artists:
Rob Beam started by becoming a self-taught flash animator in the late 90s and has since worked with various digital and analogue media and other materials.
Frank Iovino challenges viewers to stop and reconsider ordinary people, places, and things that might otherwise might go unnoticed. Working in pastels, oil paints, and colored pencils, he suffuses his canvases with brightness and light impossible to ignore.
kHyal began creating black-and-white collages as a means to communicate while still a painfully shy child. Her circuitous career includes 20 years as a graphic designer, art director, and creative director for Gap, MTV, and other clients from GAP to MTV. Her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums including in the American Visionary Art Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, the Outsider Art Fair, and the Cooper Union.
Frank Foster Post drew his first cartoons on napkins, and embraced the technique as an immediate way to convey visual information. He is particularly interested in how elements of a particular image are put together to create change.
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