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Gallery Reception: Bitter Candy curated by Shiva Aliabadi

Bitter Candy | Curated by Shiva Aliabadi
Location: Gallery II, Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl St, Johnson, VT, 05656
July 26th - August 20th, 2017

Soft opening: Wednesday, August 2nd, 7p to 9p
Official Opening Reception: Saturday, August 12th, 7p to 9p

The exhibition and its title, Bitter Candy, deal with work that presents a very bright, dynamic surface impression-- that seemingly appears fun or colorful and playful-- but is really imbued with deeper commentary on our society, psychology, relationships, and such. Each artist in this show comes from a unique perspective that addresses this complexity of the playful revealing deeper, heavier realities, ideas, or notions. As the title reveals, while candy is by definition and production sweet, a bitter candy surprises-- with an unexpected reality, pushing the taster out of her/his expectations. 

Ayoung Yu
Brittany M. Powell*
Yoshie Sakai
Steven Wolkoff
Tessie Salcido Whitmore
Casey Kauffmann
Natalie Baxter*
Zac Roach
Maria Fernanda Nuñez*
Shiva Aliabadi*

*VSC alumni

Earlier Event: August 10
Visiting Writer: Dara Wier
Later Event: August 14
Visiting Artist: Stephen Westfall