Visit the UNCG Art School’s Gatewood Gallery January 28th – February 28th, 2019 to see an exhibition by Dara Engler: A Pirate’s Guide to Animals and Animus.
“My paintings are portraits of an alter ego, often rooted in exaggerations of my own experiences. Their loose narratives are allegorical, embracing human foible and the humor that comes with it. My interest in the figure lies in facing these awkward obstacles. The pirate-y anti-hero holds a combative reverence for her natural environment; tracking animals, skinning squirrels, and learning to tie nets. She is an explorer, running into new creatures in new lands. The work plays with flatness, pattern and line juxtaposed with the rendered form. It is unclear whether the figure is outside or whether the background is a backdrop in an invented space. The three-dimensional environment further blurs the line between fact and fiction, causing the work to teeter between real and imagined worlds.”
Closing reception and Gallery Talk
February 28th, 2019
3:00 – 5:00pm