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Coming Friday to Thea: Michael Church

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 12:58 PM

click to enlarge Michael Church's "I Am Wanting"
  • Michael Church's "I Am Wanting"

Collage artist Michael Church, who uses sometimes surreal, often wry images in his collages to express issues of alienation, injustice and the absurdities of life, is the 12th artist featured in the Thea Foundation's The Art Department series of exhibitions by emerging artists. Church's exhibition, "Succinct," opens Friday, May 6, at Thea, 401 Main St. in Argenta, with a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The duo A Rowdy Faith will be the musical entertainment and the $10 at the door will cover "heavy" hors d'oeuvres from Ben E. Keith and an open beer and wine bar. You'll also get a chance at winning an original work by Church.

You may have seen Church's work at New Deal Studios in Little Rock, where he exhibited with V.L. Cox's "A Murder of Crows." Here's  what Church says about his work, from the Kolaj Magazine website: 

Michael Church says about his art practice, “I have no desire to understand art. I do however have a strong desire to confront myself through artistic ventures. The urgent connection between creation and destruction are on display within the pieces I’ve broken apart, then reconnected. It is in this space that I speak of the world around me, and to the voice within myself simultaneously."

 The website also refers to a profile of Church in Kolaj by Ariane Fairlie:

Michael Church’s collages create a ghostly realm. There is an element of torture or the incomplete in each. Wake Me When It’s Over (2013) echoes the atmosphere of The Scream (1893) by Edvard Munch in its turbulent sky and even a similar composition. The grey colour and body language of the woman emphasize this inner struggle, and the vast road states an emptiness she feels of the world around her.
The musicians of Rowdy Faith are Alisyn Reid and Cate Davison.

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