And a welcome one, too. “Un(Real)” highlights the work of five talented artists: Michele Bubacco
, Angela Fraleigh
, David Humphrey
, Martin Mull
, and Claire Sherman
. Though they start with similar subjects, in many instances, the artists approach them with contrasting styles and perspectives. Consider Humphrey’s Shutterbugs
(2014) and Mull’s Fatherly Advice
(2014): both are beach scenes, seemingly depictions of the all-American family vacation. But the former has a cartoonish quality, an air of Pop Art
, while the latter is photorealistic, like an old black and white snapshot—and is vaguely foreboding, the high-contrast tones suggesting an oncoming storm, the expression of the boy, buried in sand, more than a little uncomfortable.
Similarly, elsewhere in the show, seated or supine subjects form the focal points of Angela Fraleigh’s Saturn’s Moon (2015) and Michele Bubacco’s Il Ballo (2014). While Fraleigh’s piece is evocative of a Renaissance painting, with plump, rosy women looking like the grown-up versions of cherubim on an Italian ceiling fresco, Bubacco’s painting is dark and vaguely disturbing, the subject’s face hidden, the figure partly under the table—passed out, perhaps, after an excess of drink.