Three Fine Arts faculty featured in exhibitions beyond campus

"Minor Apocrypha," Sean Downey, 2016. oil on canvas, 48 x 65 inches

Three members of the Brandeis University Fine Arts faculty have exhibitions on display this fall outside of campus.

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Todd Pavlisko, Lecturer Sean Downey, and Associate Professor of Sculpture Tory Fair each currently have work on display. Here's a look at the Exhibitions:

Todd Pavlisko
"Now's the Time"
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University Hall Gallery
September 8 - October 15
Inspired by the Charlie Parker classic of the same title, this exhibition explores Pavlisko's interest in science and innovation and how these can intersect with his work. Todd worked Dr. Robert Carter, Professor and Chair of the University of Massachusetts, Boston Chemistry Department in a highly controlled environment to manipulate lumber to near unnatural shapes to create a birdcage.

Sean Downey
"A Somatic Fall"
Ess Ef Eff Curatorial Collective
893 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, New York
Organized by the curatorial collective Ess Ef Eff, this exhibition features work by five artists who take varying approaches to the use of imagery in painting, combining abstraction, representation, distortion, and invention. While the works in this exhibition are wildly different from one to the next, they are linked by a common interest in using traditional approaches to painting to talk about our contemporary experience. Downey's work in this exhibition shifts from the familiar and nameable to the mysterious and uncanny. His paintings combine strange and disparate imagery to form poetic narratives that act like snapshots from a movie that is simultaneously a thriller, a comedy, and a drama.

Tory Fair
59 Wareham Street, Boston
September 13- October 23
Paperweight reincarnates and progresses themes that emerged in Fair's previous exhibition, "Heap," as Fair meditates on her relationship to nature and the past. She continues to embed her objects with tokens from her daily life, creating gateways to memory and personal history. Like fossils, the presence of found objects within the work allude to the artist’s fascination with geology, folk art, and material narratives.

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