CHAMPAIGN — The Indi Go Artist Co-Op will present, starting Wednesday, "Cut and Paste," an exhibition featuring new works by Alan Pocaro and Michael Willett.
Both explore, through the curious juxtapositions in their mixed-media images, the pastiche nature of contemporary life.
Willett's work focuses on collaged exhibition advertisements from Artforum, the leading contemporary art periodical. He dissects and re-interprets the images while addressing a variety of references, including popular culture and philosophical concerns.
Combining paint and images of Americana from sources such as Life magazine and UFO Skeptic, Pocaro creates a series of alternative realities that coexist, with tension, on the pictorial surface.
Pocaro, who was born in 1978, lives and works in Illinois. Recent exhibitions include "Time and Distance" at the Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Art in Covington, Ky.; "Still" at the Fitton Center in Hamilton, Ohio; and "Small Works" at Trestle Gallery in New York.
Willett, born in 1982, lives and works in Alabama. Recent exhibitions include the New Faculty Exhibition at Bloch Hall Gallery at the University of Montevallo; "Two Kinds of Ha Ha Ha" at Meyers Gallery at the University of Cincinnati; and "Ugly Portrait Series" at the Semantics Gallery, also in Cincinnati.
"Cut and Paste" will be on view from Wednesday through July 31; the opening reception will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.