Jul 13th 2019

Meg Leary: Commedia and Scott Horsley: Annihilation Game

@ Bert Green Fine Art

8 S Michigan Ave, Suite 620, Chicago IL 60603

Opening Saturday, July 13th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, August 17th

Meg Leary explores of the intersection of visual art with musical performance. Trained as a classical singer, Leary activates static objects and explores various ways to use music as “material” — combining multiple material strategies, concepts and ideas, Leary then introduces humor and hyperbolic color to express her queer aesthetic. For this show Leary debuts an installation of hand-made ceramic musical snow globes inspired by Mozart’s aria “Der Hollë Rache” from The Magic Flute. Featuring multiple scores composed by Leary, it relies on a viewer to play each music-globe, which blend together and create improvised larger scores. These works are accompanied by a series of multimedia work that makes use of analog magnetic tape repurposed from old cassette tapes.

Scott Horsley’s latest body of work “Annihilation Game” examines the nature of disinformation, conspiracy theories and the deliberate distortion of meaning in political discourse and applies it to aesthetic abstraction. The artist creates an image, then pairs it with an imitation, stripped of its original attributes and altered slightly, to present an altered narrative. The resulting diptych poses questions of authenticity and the flexibility of meaning, and introduces a subtle but unmistakable erotic allusion which exposes the sexually deviant underpinnings of most political authoritarianism.

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