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“Not Really”: Fictive Narratives in Contemporary Art

Featuring Artists:  Mac Adams, Alex Bag, Larissa Bates, Adam Cvijanovic, Greg Drasler, Greg Eltringham, Teun Hocks, Patrick Jacobs, Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Jean Lowe, David Opdyke, Lamar Peterson, Alex Prager, and Johannes VanDerBeek.

The Castle Gallery at The College of New Rochelle will host Not Really” : Fictive Narratives in Contemporary Art an artistic exploration of the illusory, fabricated, and contrived nature of our mediated and digitalized contemporary world.

“Not Really” is inspired by the fiction that encompasses contemporary experience. The information we receive on a daily basis is repackaged through the mediated simulations of “reality tv,” the vicarious pleasures of “celebreality,” the cropping and retouching of “photoshopping” and the sound alterations of “auto-tuning”. The fifteen artists in the exhibit on view at The College of New Rochelle Castle Gallery question and critique through painting, sculpture, installation, video, and photography this illusion of the real.  Their work explores the meanings and values at play in the fiction and artifice of our modern world.

Exhibit organizer Susan Canning, Professor of Art History at The College of New Rochelle, commented on the theme of the exhibit, “Contemporary experience is so saturated with imagery augmented or manipulated by the computer and digital software that the artificial and fake has become naturalized and accepted as reality, a way of perceiving and experiencing modern life that has in turn inspired artistic responses.”

Closing Reception: Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Free Family Day: Sunday April 19, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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