Tampa, FL (Jul. 25- Aug. 5, 2016)
The Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida is excited to announce Oozing Attitude by Brandon Geurks. The work explores the anxiety of being inside a body through the creation of ambiguous, shifting characters. These figures are perpetually caught in throes of transformation, contorting their flesh to serve as a disguise. However, their flesh has its own mindless desires, which it will act on. This conflict between intent and instinct is at the core of his body of work.
Geurks’ explore issues of identity in his work, particularly the acts of idealization and objectification. As these figures attempt to pass for social acceptability, they perform gender. While they occupy a tenuous third position, they are pressured to mold themselves into conformity.
All of his figures are struck with this question of assimilation, but they do not all respond in the same way. Some are better suited to disguise, using illustration as a cloak. Some are gooey and awkward, threatening to fall apart at any moment. Some choose to reject disguise altogether, purposefully fashioning their own culture through appropriated elements of others.
The artist is a painter and freelance illustrator who was born in Ohio. He got his Bachelors of Fine Arts at University of Central Florida in 2013. In addition to being a fine artist, he also works regularly with metal and punk bands across the world. In 2014, he was voted “Best Heavy Metal Visual Artist” by Orlando Weekly. He has worked with bands such as Black Sabbath, Melt Banana, Marissa Nadler, Pallbearer, and Yautja. He currently resides in Tampa, Florida. In 2017, he will be receiving his Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida.
Our opening reception, DessART, will be the first Monday of the show Jul. 25th from 12-1 pm. Dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The Closing Reception will be held on Friday Aug. 5th from 7-9 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
All Centre Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.
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