The Shadow’s Body: Painting’s Allegorical Impulse
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
August 30 – September 29, 2017
Reception, Thursday September 21, 5:00-6:30 PM followed by a panel discussion
Participating Artists: Ron Buffington, Paul Collins, Patrick DeGuira, Brady Haston, James Perrin, Karen Seapker, Kelly Williams, and Lain York
Curated by Watkins College of Art Design & Film faculty member, Terry Thacker
The Shadow’s Body: Painting’s Allegorical Impulse, is an exhibition of eight area painters critically aware of painting’s discursive nature. Mannerisms, decoration, illusionism, allegorical impulses, eroticism, and formal eccentricities wound Greenbreg’s Modernism, but they also restore certain conditions that were always latent in Modernist painting and necessary for living today. As with any substantial conversation within history, painting attempts to recover from its past useful propositions and jettison failed ones.
 Owens, Craig, The Allegorical Impulse: Toward a Theory of Postmodernism, October, no. 12 (Spring 1980): 67-86 and no. 13 (Summer 1980): 59-80.