Sandra Lee Gallery is proud to present REAL + SURREAL, a group show of outstanding emerging local talent. The works on display confront thematic motifs that convey the breadth of the human spirit; allegory, the passage of time, and the yearning for childhood, the search for identity and meaning, and subjective response to a changing environment. The mission of this exhibit is not to explicitly show artworks that are stylistically realist or surrealist, but rather to present a body of works that communicates with itself, and where the means of how truths that are revealed are just as important as the truths themselves. Citing direct inspiration and spontaneous processes, the featured artists use surrealism and realism to articulate the multiplicity of human perception.
Jose Andrade (b. Mexico) examines social inequalities created by man-made boundaries, using photo-realistic imagery that mirrors the dynamics of the Mexican American community. Christine Cohen’s (b. USA) opulent canvases tell the tale of living in a world of plenty, overconsumption, and guilty pleasures. Stephanie Jucker’s (b. UK) thematic focus revolves around the performance and carnival-like qualities of our social interaction, executed in a Magic Realist style. Pamela Lanza uses ink and collage to depict the incredible resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity and destruction. Jason Sheldrick (b. Canada) deals with how Space affects individuals, particularly people living and feeling within architectural, non organic spaces. Arthur Suvorov (b. RU) presents Visceral Realist works seeking to redefine the Noble Savage, works that celebrate the potency of the human intellect and the triumph of the human spirit.