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Opening on Thursday, September 10th, we have two shows worth slowing down for. One is macro – large scale paintings and the other is micro – miniature dioramas and both require contemplative attention.

Renée Duval – Gods and Monsters


Renée Duval’s recent series Gods and Monsters explores large-scale imagery of symmetrical trees. These massive oil paintings consume the wall; not only literally as a result of their physical scale, but through the visual effect the symmetry of the imagery creates, they branch out and reach across both sides of the room; one could almost walk into the paintings.

Rendered to a high level of realism these paintings play off notions of nature VS nurture, truth VS tale. The works have a similar effect as a Rorschach blot; the trees elude imagery beyond themselves with each painting presenting a different persona or architype, which derives from the formal characteristics of the plants; some enchanted, whimsical, god-like, and others dark and mysterious – monsters.

Perhaps this body of work represents a form of myth, a fantastical representation of trees found in forests; an unnatural, manipulated creation of nature manufactured by man. Regardless of the result: truth or tale, Duval’s selection of imagery is proof that nature at its core can compel, entice, and enchant us from time to time.

Jason Frizzell – And to the Garden the Serpent Come

jfrizzell_I looked in the back so I know how it ends

Distorted, disfigured, apocalyptic; these are some of the many words one could use to describe Jason Frizzell’s body of work And to the Garden the Serpent Come. The miniature dioramas placed perfectly within the glass dome-like cases echoes that of the INCUBATOR project space Frizzell’s exhibit inhabits.

Eight display cases with eight very different narratives unfolding within each of them. Behind the glass walls the viewer peers within, not truly included in the events that take place inside, however not entirely an outsider either. The miniature characters within the dioramas demand a level of empathy from the viewer, their small-scale inevitably pulls the outside life-size viewer into their world; hunching, peering, lurking, tip-toeing just to catch a glimpse of Frizzell’s dioramas, keeping in mind their given titles; The scenes, the characters, the ambiguous narratives, and the self-made conclusions, the viewer is left to contemplate in an eerie solitude within a public space.

The opening receptions for both shows in on Thursday, September 10th from 5 to 7 pm. In partnership with Wildrose Brewery.

  • Written by Shyla Wolf