Figuratively Speaking: Feats, Foibles, Follies, a joint exhibition shared by Ruth Geneslaw and Cassie Strasser at the Pomona Cultural Center, explores contemporary social and political themes using various media.
Geneslaw"s carved and painted humorous wood vignettes seek to address the hypocrisy and hubris of events that touch our lives. With tongue in cheek she comments on the MeToo movement, gender inequity, racial inequality, the Trump admiinistration, and sexual mythology. She draws her inspiration from the news and daily life. Although her work appears amusing on the surface, further examination reveals an underlying comment on some aspect of the human condition.
Strasser, using wood, plastic, paper and metal, works to capture the elusive meaning of being human. She seeks to describe humankind with a concise adaptable, universal symbol that represents both the multitudes and the individual. Her profiles human shape at first glance seems repetitive and identically produced. In reality, it is actually produced by hand with subtle variations impossible to control, and is therefore imperfect in its replication, just like mankind. Strasser tries to capture that one element of individuality that exists in each of us. This "Universal Man" image is everyone and at the same time, this image is Strasser.
Opening reception is Sunday, April 22, 5-8pm. Live music. Show runs April 8 through May 20. Gallery hours are Fri-Sun, 2-6 pm.
Villge of Pomona
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