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Brian Montana

The work is presented as truth exploring the possibility of the impossible, floated in a grounded reality. It retains subtle manipulation of allusion and absurdity to expose a sincerity in presentation, the approach is a fragmentation of concept and existence.

Jessica Rue

This artwork explores death on a sociological and scientific level. Using similar elements, techniques, and materials from Victorian Memento Mori Jewelry I am reconstructing the forms into modern wearable pieces. Memento Mori Jewelry was made in remembrance of a loved one who have died and serves as a reminder of the mortality of the wearer/viewer. Personal connections are removed from these pieces to eliminate emotions associated with personal loss. This allows me to question and confront the broader subject of mortality and death.

Brandon Ellis

As a painter, I am interested in the unification of chaos and order in the pictorial space. I paint like the action painters of the 1940’s. I slop, slap, drip and definitely scrape paint in thick and thin layers. I like to build with paint, construct worlds of abstraction in the process.