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In the new series of photographs, entitled Tableau Vivant and Project Morpheus, Brian Dailey manipulates the photographic medium to create thought-provoking images that engage the viewer on multiple levels. The Tableau Vivant series was produced in a studio environment using stage design, props and actors. It reflects the inspiration Dailey draws from old masters such as Caravaggio, Vermeer and Goya. The artist employs theatrical lighting and composite imagery to create complex scenes - critical comments on contemporary social and political themes. The photographs depict members of all social classes, revealing societal hierarchies and the current landscape of political and institutional structures and privileges. In Project Morpheus, Dailey leverages dreams as a way to understand the state of “being and time” or individual ontological questions. The works capture the artist’s dreams through surreal and often dramatic settings, actions and gestures, delivering visually fascinating, enigmatic compositions charged with layers of meanings.
María Magdalena Campos-Pons is one of the most prominent artists to emerge from post- Revolutionary Cuba and one of the most relevant artists presently working in the US. Her progressive transdisciplinary discourse, which includes performance, photography, painting, drawing, video, installation art and site- specific interventions, locates her oeuvre at the forefront of contemporary art practices. The exhibition presents Campos-Pons’ newest body of work in the medium of photography and drawing. Contemplative and poetical, the works are deeply invested in important contemporary topics of exilic identity, individual freedom, cultural heritage and hybridism, and racial and national politics.