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Savage Sentimentality

Savage Sentimentality

Curated by Foundation for Artist Resources

January 12 – March 14, 2015
Center for the Arts Student Gallery, Rancho Campus
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Rancho Cucamonga Campus

January 13, 6-8pm
Free and open to the public

Savage Sentimentality presents a group show of artists of unique backgrounds and interests connected by a tenuous relationship to sentiment. The artists included allude to and/or embrace sentiment while simultaneously ravaging it, either with a brutish material response or vice versa - a subject matter that contradicts the sensitivity of material handling. While the individual artists included in this exhibition draw from a myriad of sources broadly considered sentimental in nature, the end result is very different than the effects of kitsch. Instead of being a sentimental regress into a state of comfort, or a carefully maintained closed system of signs, the result is an acknowledgment and active agitation of that state. The works in this exhibition often achieve this through a balance of a raw material directness co-mingled with emotive charm, seemingly to tempt a calculated betrayal of the sentimental within the work's execution. If a common criticism of kitsch or sentimentality is that it creates aesthetic depletion through repetition, these artists arguably give aesthetic value to that depletion.

Savage Sentimentality will feature work by Raymie Iadevaia, Cole James, Quinton Jones McCurine, Annelie McKenzie, Mandy Lyn Perez, Jason Ramos, Ana Rodriguez, Emily Silver, Jason Stopa, and Emily Sudd.

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