Exhibition on view: March 11-April 22, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, March 11, 5-8pm
Artist talk: Saturday, April 15, 4pm
Matthew Schlagbaum unites the media of sculpture, photography, and paint to depict metaphors for oppressive social structures that masquerade as universal ideals. Mainstream concepts of happiness, and their resulting recommended lifestyles, are exposed as methods of systematic social control. His images and sculptural objects are sometimes drained of color, viewed from behind, or seen as manipulated emotional and physical states of being that express the profound exclusion experienced by those who are not the intended audience.
Image: Matthew Schlagbaum, The promise that seems to not be quite so promising, 2017, Archival Digital Print, Oak Artist Frame, Unique 1/1, 35.5" x 25"