October 2 - November 4, 2021
From Archway Gallery:
“The artist will be present to visit with guests on opening day, Saturday, October 2, from 2:00 p.m. through the opening reception. He will also be present on Saturday, October 30, from 2:00 p.m. through the close of the silent auction at 8:00 p.m. Music events will be featured throughout the month, including a performance by Carya String Quartet which will feature a series of works specifically selected to complement the exhibition.
Slaby presents an ecclectic collection of paintings created over the last three years. Though his intention was to do another figure show as a follow-up to his highly successful, The Male Gaze of 2018, which sold out, the pandemic caused a radical change of plans when access to professional models was curtailed. Instead, the artist turned inward and began with a series of self-portraits, Solipsism and, Perpetual Self-Portrait among them. Other works venture into the hallucinatory madness of quarantine isolation, such as, Pygmalion. These inward journeys led to many other works such as, Out! Out! which offers thoughts on mortality as represented through the traditional memento mori of a candle. The exhibition will also feature a number of pedestal pieces in which both sides of a wood panel have been painted. This technique offers the artist the opportunity to contrast the opposing images in dynamic and challenging ways as in, The Great Equalizer. These few examples offer but a taste of the wide range of almost 80 works presented in this show. In a sense, the isolation of the pandemic has provided endless material for this highly creative artist.
All of the work in this exhibition will be offered in a silent auction, beginning on opening night and closing on Saturday, October 30. John Slaby will be donating 50% of the sale proceeds to local mental-health charities to be selected by the patrons via popular vote. A similar process was used during his last show which raised over $10,000 for charities focused on women and children in need.”
Reception: October 2, 2021 | 5–8 pm
Houston, 77006 TX
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