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HIGH LOW: Alexandra Borovski, Alexander Clayton Johnson, Nicholas Mello, & Eric Stefanski

February 23 – March 29, 2016

Reception: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm

High Low is a group exhibition of four Boston-based artists, Alexandra Borovski, Alexander Clayton Johnson, Nicholas Mello, and Eric Stefanski, whose work involves the recycling of art historical tropes and genres with abjectness, irony, and humor.

This exhibition was juried by acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Emerson College Professor John Gianvito.

Alexandra Borovski is an interdisciplinary artist. She is a first-generation immigrant from the Soviet Union and makes work that involves a process of mining lost, fractured, and re-imagined folklore.

Alexander Clayton Johnson makes paintings that are mash-ups of seemingly disparate images, taken from screen shots of pornography and sixteenth-century Venetian master paintings.

Nicholas Mello sees within the paradox of the lottery a shared relationship to the issues regarding contemporary painting. Instant success within the art world is as much of a pitfall as a jackpot in the lottery. This duality continues to drive his work.

Eric Stefanski’s work is a reflection of identity viewed through the lens of the South-Side of Chicago. He aims to capture a duality between the absurd and the abject. References to alcoholism, violence, incarceration, and mourning run parallel with irony and humor in his work.