Benedict Oddi: Theater of the Mind

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Benedict Oddi: Theater of the Mind

Time: January 17, 2009 at 11am
Location: Luke & Eloy Gallery
Street: 5169 Butler Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 16201
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Phone: 412.784.1919
Event Type: Exhibition
Organized By: Luke & Eloy Gallery
Latest Activity: Jan 4, 2009

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Opening Jan 17, 2009 11-3
Exhibition: Jan 17 - Feb 2, 2009

Benedict Oddi: Theater Of The Mind
(Paintings, Sketches, 3D Models)

The desire for freedom, escape, and exploration influence the narrative of my oil paintings. In my representations, I examine the possibilities of utopia and dystopia through the escapist tendency to create a parallel realism. The crafted pictorial environment is meant to emphasize a disconnection to a tactile reality, where by ideas and experiences are confused, allowing the viewer to assemble a personal narrative. By doing so, the work evokes a feeling of uneasiness through improbability; this imaginary voyage should feel familiar and sublime, filled with imminent danger.

My theater-like arrangements of figures in landscape are placed in situations of anxiety and peril, intervened by trace elements of otherworldliness. During the course of these works I have examined human natures, social and institutional conventions. While my reflection was approached through escapism related to utopian and dystopian philosophy, I have tried not to align with one thought or the other, but choose to respond to both concerning the nature of free will.

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