What happens when utopian ideas come into practice and face reality? For the Rosalux's latest show, "The Myth of Utopia," John Diebel and Terrence Payne examine this idea from two different perspectives. Diebel's pieces explore failed systems through an architectural angle. His cityscapes of business districts, central corridors, and neighborhoods resemble something out of an original Nintendo or pixellated SimCity game. These cities are devoid of people, yet filled with roads, billboards, and giant skyscrapers. While his works speak to a time, ideology, or society that no longer exists — and perhaps never did — the structures remain as a sign of enduring hope. Meanwhile, Payne has created a series of large-scale oil paintings that blend an interesting mix of playful and cynical, juxtaposing hope with despair, urgency, and disillusionment. There will be a public reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 13.
Oct. 4-30, 2012