The George Caleb Bingham Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of dual exhibitions by University of Missouri MFA candidates Nikos Karabetsos & Colleen Smith.
Karabetsos’ exhibition, Thalassa; Karabetsos Odyssey, manipulates text from James Joyce’s Ulysses and Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel as demonstration of lineage through appropriation. The new contribution, Thalassa, can be seen in the components of the materials and through the added, contextual understanding implicated in the presentation of the language.
Trained to Bear Fruit
Colleen Smith’s Foresteria is a series of seven interwoven narrative paintings in which the forest is represented as a liminal landscape that exists between fantasy and reality. Inspired by the artist’s daily walks through the local trails of Columbia, these paintings are about the search for deeper meaning after trying to fit the societal mold has been exhausted. They are about finding comfort in discomfort and placelessness, and learning to trust uncertainty. Using the forest as a psychological platform for journey, the figures in these paintings escape their daily worlds by wandering and tripping over tree-roots and down pathways, chasing after something they cannot name.