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Red Poppy Art House Exhibitions Presents: The Audience

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Date(s) - 01/02/2017 - 04/02/2017
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Red Poppy Art House


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Paintings by Michelle L. Morby | Curated by Modesto Covarrubias & Monica Lundy

Gallery Hours

  • Mon-Tuesday — Closed
  • Wed 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Thu 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Fri 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Sat 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Sunday — Closed

For their third exhibition at the Red Poppy Art House, curators Monica Lundy and Modesto Covarrubias proudly present The Audience, a solo show of over 70 portraits by Michelle L. Morby. The selected paintings presented in this exhibition are part of a much larger continuing body of work that has occupied Morby’s practice for nearly three years. This eclectic gathering of faces occupying the walls functions as a ready-made audience as they look toward the central space at all occupants, surveying all who enter, while congruently hanging quietly in anticipation of being gazed upon by an audience to make them complete.

Morby’s subjects come from a wide variety of distinct groups including the Shakers, authors, historical figures, icons of fashion, and movie characters including monsters, artists, and art world figures. Most recently the work has directed toward men dressing or presenting themselves as women, and NDAPL protesters and water protectors. Together, these various groups become one large coterie bonded through the act of being painted by the same hand. Being an artist using a broad range of media with which to express herself, Morby has often referred to this work in terms of painting as performance. Indeed, the individual expressions hold one’s gaze, but in a group they reinforce the presence of something much larger than themselves–a clear example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

The curators present this work in the performance space of the Red Poppy Art House with an aim to spark a dialogue between music, voice, movement, and the act of seeing. With an interest in how to interact and live with art, the curators seek out work that enlivens and engages the space in which it exists. Covarrubias and Lundy view their exhibitions in the space as an opportunity for visual art and performing arts to come together; to feed off of and nourish each other, to inform each other, and to challenge each other in order to create a synergetic experience.

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