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Houska Gallery Opening Reception: Amy Reidel, Mombie Magic

Amy Reidel: Mombie Magic runs February 5th – March 27th
Opening Reception: Friday, February 5th from 5pm – 8pm

Through painting, drawing, and sculpture, Reidel abstractly combines imagery to illuminate the bittersweet conditions of motherhood, family, and sexuality; topics most people experience but are not encouraged to discuss professionally. The innocuous, inherited patterns of Grandma’s scarves and decorative rugs merge together with darling babies and scared caregivers in an absurd representation of home and love.

Reidel’s work results from a cacophonous use of materials, layering, and erasure, which have become her primary language as a progressive mother in the conservative Heartland. Personal and political issues conflate in Reidel’s work and result in aggressive but candy-colored marks reflecting the dualities of fear and joy, rejection, and protection. The saturated spectrum is used as a defense mechanism to make magic of this earthly existence.

Mombie Magic is guest curated by Jessica Mannisi.

The opening reception will be closely monitored to maintain social distancing guidelines. Masks are required. A virtual tour of Mombie Magic will also be available on our website shortly after the opening.

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