"Moments" an exhibition of new work by John Michael Byrd will be opening for DownStreet Art August 28.
I’m in the final stages of show prep and we are hanging the work in a few days.
85 Main St.
Wed-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
August 28–September 25: Moments by John Michael Byrd & Worms Under My Skin by Leah Grimaldi O’Ryan
John Michael Byrd and Leah Grimaldi O’Ryan will come together for the first time in a joint exhibition at CONcourse Gallery. Although the artists will be sharing a space, they will be creating two separate artworks with separate exhibition titles to provoke visitors to create their own interpretations of the separate and shared distinctions between artworks.
Moments: by Byrd will showcase paintings and drawings composed in “an attempt to resolve the confrontation of the artificial and the real.” He uses pre existing images and deconstructs the imagery to create new content.
“I find the resultant paintings suggest a more compounded, complex narrative without being shackled to the original framing of the subject. My mode of re-contextualization empowers the viewer to interpret them more symbolically and metaphorically,” Byrd said.
Worms Under My Skin: by O’Ryan is a paper and soft sculpture installation by O’Ryan. Her small cut paper figures and black fabric figures are arranged in an awkward and unsettling composition to provoke ideas of self-consciousness. Her work is meant to overwhelm viewers by exploring feelings of anxiety, phobia and weakness in reference to the body.