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‘Not Really’: Fictive Narratives in Contemporary Art

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.

The exhibit runs from Tuesday, January 27, through Sunday, April 19, with an opening reception on Thursday, February 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and a closing reception to be held Sunday, April 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.

“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.

“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,” said exhibit organizer Susan Canning, Professor of Art History at The College of New Rochelle.

Artists in the exhibition include 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.

Related events include a panel discussion featuring some of the “Not Really” artists, sponsored by the Art Department in the School of Arts & Sciences, to be held on Wednesday, March 11, at 6:45 p.m. in Romita Auditorium in the Mooney Center. A free family day relating to the exhibition will also be held Sunday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Castle Gallery.

Read the full curatorial statement here >>

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