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Luxury. Accumulation. Alienation from nature. These topics, considered from a gendered perspective, are what artist and OSU Associate Professor Angela Piehl invites us to explore through paintings and drawings featured in this exhibition. Using a wide range of sources, Piehl employs images and photographs of both designed and natural beauty as a starting point for abstracting and re-combining elaborately decorative, even at times grotesque, elements. References to organic materials such as flesh, hair, tentacles, eggs, fat, bone, muscle, crystalline structures, and wood appear alongside her choices of color, pattern, and textural artifice to produce what Piehl calls "feral bouquets." At once engaging and seductive, while also repellent and abject, these biomorphic abstractions address multiple layers of the human condition through their allegorical and narrative allusions.
This exhibition is on view Nov. 9, 2015 - March 12, 2016. It is curated by Mary Mikel Stump, Director of Exhibitions at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio.
Opening reception: Nov. 19 from 5 to 8 pm
Artist workshop: Feb. 27 from 1 to 4 pm
Image: Ingress, Angela Piehl, oil on panel, 18" x 24" (2015)