|A very small gallery located on the coast of an high way|
|The site itself was very humble!|
|from the "Last Days" series by William Kurelek|
|Matthew 24-19: "It will go hard on women who are with child"|
The second piece I would like to discuss is on the topic of industrialization. This watercolor + pencil drawing combines Native Americans - a personification of nature and the virgin land, and smoking factories, which represent the negative consequences of industrialization. The smog and pollution from factories combines to form a gross figure in the sky, which is worshipped by the Native Americans. This painting can be viewed as the destruction of the sanctity of the environment by industrialization and technology.
The final pieces I want to examine is a series that share one common theme - the omission of the face on a body. The first two faces were replaced by glitter, while the last was replaced by a stack of crocodile heads. Replacing the most expressive organs of the human body with unexpected content can be a revelation of the peculiarities of the human brain - the source of all expression. In many ways, these portraits reveal the strangeness, creativity, eccentricity, and obscenity of our minds. They resonate with the unit of Neuroscience + Art, where artists use art as a medium to explore and postulate the undiscovered truths about our conscious and subconscious.
Overall, the NFAG was an interesting discovery, and opened my eyes to how seemingly irrelevant themes, such as religion, industrialization, neuroscience, and technology can be combined to create art that calls attention to modern concerns of our society - such as environmental protection and bioethics. William Kurelek's collection was especially memorable and bold, and I would definitely recommend this gallery to future visitors looking for a melange of art on historical and contemporary topics.