April 12 - June 7
In keeping with Brumfield Gallery's exhibition schedule focusing on strong narratives, the gallery presents a group exhibition titled Fantastic Narrative. The show will feature the best artists, whose imagery and narrative border the fantastic and/or surreal art genres. These artists leave behind the more classic fantasy world of wizards, dungeons, and dragons, choosing instead their own other world reality, depicted through personal symbolism.
Bill Carman produces work that both delights and astounds. Viewed as a whole, the artist's work has some recurring imagery, a tendency that allows the work to come to life and draw viewers into an alluring alternative reality. Carman is unrestrained when allowing his subject matter to reveal itself and is able to execute his distinct imagery with an incredibly refined technique. His skill as a painter and creator of narrative combine in each work, as he balances humor and pathos.
Gary McCauley's work explores the remarkable and unpredictable nature of the human condition. He utilizes universal matters, such as age or family, to lend a private complexity to his fantastical approach. His piece, Out of the Unremembered and Into the Unknown, portrays a character floating from a land of childhood toys and approaching the elements of technology common to adulthood, documenting his own passage from child to adult. While McCauley's artwork is skillfully rendered and visually fascinating, the use of significant life events draws viewers deeper into the artist?s work on very personal levels.
Kyla Zoe Rafert focuses on scenes illustrating women and young girls. The characters, while outwardly exploring themes reminiscent of childhood and naievete, are meant to represent more mature themes. The artist means for these women to embody the perspective of a nostalgic adult, fictionalizing an overly romanticized past. She describes these scenes as exploring "romantic notions such as the peril of curiosity, the potency of beauty, and the inevitable fall of innocence." In these confined scenes, she also explores the idea of perfectionism, largely inspired by Victoria era photographs and paintings. The female characters are trapped in a presumably perfect and beautiful world of color and pattern - brightly textured, yet inevitably static.
Fantastic Narrative will open on Saturday, April 12 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Brumfield's Gallery. The event will be open to the public and feature a no-host bar provided by 13th Street Pub & Grill. The show will continue through Saturday, June 7.
Brumfield's Gallery, 1513 N. 13th Street, Boise, Idaho
April 9, 2014