Though you could argue that all art is a theoretical reality, it's certainly interesting to see two artists take such different approaches to the same theme. Dan Young's paintings are fantastical, while playing on recognizable narratives and images including fairy tales, paintings throughout history, and even current cinema. In his worlds, robot families walk through landscapes that simultaneously reference Chinese brush paintings and medieval ornamentation, or don underwear and cowboy hats amid a desert that looks like Western Americana. Kate van Cleve's works range from paintings to an installation, and focus on bright memories that are grounded in very real experiences. In her reality, a sunset blooms like a flower, shadows play along an intensely blue beach, and even her mother's hat makes an appearance. Both artists tell tales through their work, yet in unique ways.
May 6-31, 2009