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Michael Mararian's Kinder Kavalcade at Hallwalls

Michael Mararian is a skillful figurative painter. Influenced by the dark side of photographic portraiture, humorous illustration, and graphic art, his work is weighted with content. The installation of paintings is a procession of ethnically diverse children shown carrying the burden of complex concerns, such as fear, violence, addiction, and consumerism. He uses artifacts of American life to creates scenarios that provoke both chuckle and cringe. Many of his subjects stare blankly or in terror with brilliant blue eyes. One of his muses, the photographer, Diane Arbus, once said: “The more specific you are, the more general it’ll be.” Mararian’s work exemplifies this.

Pre-Photoshop manipulated images at CEPA

One of the more eye-catching works in the current CEPA show is a complicated wall-mounted sculptural object in bright chrome metal and glass—including some tubes of reddish liquid—and mysterious photographic component—what looks like layered photo negatives maybe—entitled Untouchable Camera.

Recent paintings by Hayley Carrow at Ro

A Fine Arts graduate of Alfred University Hayley Carrow is a co-owner of “Ró,” a housewares store in the Elmwood Village which, since opening near four years ago, has featured the work of local artists as part of their specialty retail presentation. Now it’s her turn.

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