Myrland's statement starts with a description of seduction: From the Siren songs of Anthemoessa to the ping of an incoming message, humans fall prey to being seduced. Color, light, sound and movement lure us into paying attention. What do we receive in exchange? Are we rewarded and fulfilled, or have we been led astray?
Inside the gallery, visitors will find an array of works ranging from the cool, minimalist polish of Kim Garcia's Devoid, which uses lenses and prisms to push the viewer away, calling attention to the loss of intimacy in today's society--to Dave Ghilarducci's interactive Procrastination, a playful look at our blind obedience to technology--to Bret Barrett's dark kinetic sculpture, The Unbearable Uniqueness of Conformity, a piece of pure motion filling the front window of the gallery and referencing, among other things, The Burghers of Calais and Abu Ghraib--to Miri Chais' mesmerizing mirrored Plexiglass sculptures, the Rabbit Holes, shimmering, colorful voyages to imaginary and symbolic places that exist between the virtual world and the natural one.
Lure is a new venture for Mesa College Art Gallery, expanding the gallery's reputation for presenting challenging experimental work by local and national artists.
Many thanks to Michael Field, Susan Myrland, Moya Devine, Leah Younker, and Anna Stump for providing info and photos for the exhibit. Both Flickr sites have photos of other artists' work in the exhibit, for those who are interested.