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Opening Reception Saturday, December 12th, 6-9pm

Talk with Mark Van Stone, PhD – “Introduction to the 2012 Issue” at 6pm

Fringe Theories:

Ideas that Depart Significantly from the Prevailing or
Orthodox Views

“A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a
conformist.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

In 1633 a weak, despondent, seventy-year old Galileo Galilei, was
brought before the Roman-Catholic Inquisition to defend himself against
charges of heresy. Facing the possible sentences of permanent
imprisonment, torture, and death, Galileo was forced to kneel and
abdicate his belief that the earth revolves around the sun.

Those who enforce the status quo, enforce it hard. Forcing those of us
who question these prevailing theories into a category of outsiders,
extremists, conspiracy theorists.

FRINGE THEORIES considers the work of five artists and scholars that thrive outside of traditional and accepted rules and boundaries.

Writer, scholar, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Mark Van Stone, Ph.D. speaks about the Mayan prophecies of 2012. Also on display are some of Van Stone’s inscription works showing the attention to detail and skill acquired with three decades of calligraphic study.

Photographer Noah Doely creates fantastic and mythological works using antiquated, 19th century photographic techniques. His images invite speculation on The Photographic Truth and the inherent expectations, perceptions, and possible fabrications of the photographic record.

Painter Keith Engeron creates dark yet humorous landscapes borrowing techniques and imagery from Masters of the Modern Art period (Klimt, Van Gogh, and others). His composition utilizes the ironic juxtaposition of this celebrated imagery paired with the iconic and dangerous waste from fast food corporations.

Sculptor DJ Brelje constructs mysterious characters and monstrous creatures composed largely of found objects. These strange and aged objects have already had their own histories, identities, and former lives before becoming the new complex entities with rich, elaborate histories of their own.

Multimedia artist Tony Allard exhibits an iteration of “Drawing in The Media Stream”, a tangible media landscape that reminds us of the media’s power to create “reality” out of what is perhaps only completely fabricated visions of “truth”.

The work on display in FRINGE THEORIES forces us to keep looking forward. The themes remind us that we should not take anything for granted. The artists in the exhibition remind us to always keep an open mind.