Please join us for the opening reception of SEEING NOW. Enjoy a cocktail reception at 7pm with remarks by Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, followed by a special presentation by featured artist Michael Waugh.
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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
This multi-media selection of works by over two dozen artists explores what and how we see today, revealing the visible and hidden forces shaping both what the contemporary world looks like, and how we consume and interpret that information—how visual and psychological perception are evolving in the 21stst century. The global pervasiveness of conflict has engendered the normalization of shock and numb; wanting to look but not to see, we lose sight. As many of these artworks reveal, we are disturbed by violent, unjust, or tragic incidents, yet accustomed to their regularity, and may be blind to their causes and costs.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michael Waugh is known for intricate, representational drawings formed from minuscule handwritten words, a practice known as micrography. Waugh transcribes texts—such as government commissions and theoretical books about power and capitalism—into portraits and landscapes. Born in Cambridge, MA, Waugh earned an M.A. in painting from New York University in 2000, and holds degrees in writing from Texas State University and in history from the University of Texas. He has exhibited internationally for the last fifteen years and is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Marie Walsh Sharp Space Program and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.