San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery presents:
Seven Deadly Sins
September 6 – October 1, 2012
Reception: Thursday, September 6, 5 - 7 pm, D101
Presentation by curator Professor Beate Bermann-Enn at 7 pm, G101
Parking is free on reception night. Light refreshments will be served.
MTW 11-4 pm, Thursday 11 – 8 pm. Closed Fridays, weekends and school holidays.
In this exhibition seven accomplished artists reinterpret the Seven Deadly Sins and contextualize them for the 21st Century. San Diego based artists Marianela de la Hoz and Alexia Markarian are joined by Phyllis Davidson, Gene Flores, Doug Sutherland, Henning von Berg and Peter Zokosky. Art history professor Beate Bermann-Enn curated the exhibit, which brings together an eclectic group from different parts of the United States and from as far as Germany.
By transposing these ancient Catholic precepts to a modern world all of these artists bring a touch of the surreal and the absurd to their creations. The resulting visual allegories in a variety of media both awe and disturb. They admonish the viewer with a hint of irony and a slight wink to temptation. Come and be sinful with us!
Davidson’s luscious satiny textured paintings present a sardonic view of our less than perfect society. Her large canvases contrast with De la Hoz’s exquisite miniatures painstakingly painted using the ancient medium of egg tempera. Flores' elegant engravings play with the mythological and feature odd hybrid creatures.
Ex-votos, images of the Madonna, inspired Markarian’s subtlyaltered composite prints. In Sutherland’s digitally generated altarpiece, Robo Christ, a video flashes the (political) sins of our times. German von Berg uses digital photography to create tableaux with ‘angels’ and ‘devils’ as sculptural nudes. Los Angeles based Zokosky paints quirky and imaginative allegories with an art historical feel.
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Alessandra Moctezuma, Gallery Director (619) 388-2829