Garden of Earthly Delights:
Works by Jason Kruppa, Michael Meads & Carlton Scott Sturgill
Claire Elizabeth Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition, Aug. 31 – Oct. 21, 2017 with an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 16th from 5-8pm. The exhibition titled Garden of Earthly Delights is a contemporary view of the temptations of beauty/vanity, lust & revelry.
In Garden of Earthly Delights, the viewer is presented with a collection of images that both represent and question human desire. In the photography of Jason Kruppa, beauty and vanity are shown from the subtle curve of a calla lily to the lush red of a model’s lips. By contrast Michael Meads work illustrates a sentiment we know well in New Orleans - the uninhabited revelry of Carnival season – shown in dynamic, loosely rendered black and white ink studies. Lastly and perhaps the most hidden from “polite” society are the notions of desire in the paintings and textile rose installation of Carlton Scott Sturgill. In the manner of the great Renaissance patrons with their private collections of nude portraits, Sturgill gives a candid, but obscured view of what some hide behind closed doors.
Through visual imagery, Garden of Earthly Delights looks at beauty, desire and a need to “let loose” as part of the innate human condition. Each work is meant to question, but not berate the temptations of man. Although thought provoking, the collection, as a whole, is presented as an attractive assembly of subject matter and media.