Husband and wife artists combine the familiar with the strange in duo exhibition
October 09, 2007
"Real-Life Make-Believe: Lisa and Stephen Gray Duo Exhibition"
On view Oct. 21 through Nov. 18, 2007
Just in time for Halloween comes an exhibition that twists the familiar with the strange and innocence with mystery. "Real-Life Make-Believe," Lisa and Stephen Gray's duo exhibition of individual and collaborative works, opens at the Anchorage Museum Oct. 21 with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m.
The exhibition features more than 50 digitally manipulated artworks harvested from pop culture and childhood stories. "Real-Life Make-Believe" examines the ideals and experiences of childhood through a warped lens of adulthood. Ideas of "truth" and glimpses of reality are imbedded in a fantastical allegory of art that is narrative, autobiographical, uncanny and intuitive. In contrast to a nostalgic look at childhood through rose-tinted glasses, the Grays use a metaphorical carnival fun house mirror to disclose a looming reality about the unfolding dangers encountered throughout life.
"Real-Life Make-Believe" portrays how males and females react differently to parallel situations and events. "When we work collaboratively, it forces each of us to be more improvisational," says Lisa Gray. "One begins to work, hands it off to the other, then back again, and so on. Our ideas are culled from the similar language of a shared marriage. We weave together elements of memory and the subconscious using the seemingly innocent -- milk cartons, Mickey Mouse, bunnies, a magnifying glass -- as analogies and envoys."
The exhibition is on view at the museum through Nov. 18. It is made possible through funding from the Alaska State Council on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Municipality of Anchorage; the Anchorage Museum Association; and the Anchorage Museum Foundation Alaska Airlines Silver Anniversary Fund.