28 October 2016 - 21 November 2016
OPENING RECEPTION, Friday, 28 October 2016, 5 - 8 pm
A native of Kansas, Brandon Sanderson split his formative years between rural Kansas and Colorado. He has participated in more than 400 exhibitions since 2006, including 70 international shows. He maintains a private printmaking and drawing studio in rural Red Springs, North Carolina.
The Denizens drawings explore human folly. The characters are absurdly constructed of mechanical and organic elements. As with us, they are unaware of an awkward and ill-conceived nature. Nonetheless, these denizens belong to a community, a neighborhood. Similar to Goya's Caprichos, these manifestations emerge while the rational mind sleeps. In the late evenings and early mornings, these creatures dance, fly and fight.
They also reference the interaction of mechanical and organic parts within us and in the surrounding world. The tools we create have gradually become physically integrated into our bodies. Having artificial parts such as pins in a knee and a reconstructed inner ear, I find the android and automaton to be an appropriate symbol of our capacity for alienation and devastation but also of the ability for growth through constant education.