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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Opening reception for two shows at Middlesex Community College this evening

Middlesex Community College Pegasus Gallery
100 Training Hill Road, Chapman Hall, Middletown, 1-800-818-5501
Aniko Horvath: Derelict in the Pegasus Gallery
Glass Works by Conrad Duenkel in The Niche
Through Apr. 30, 2011.
Opening reception for both shows, Thurs., Mar. 24, 5-7 p.m. in Pegasus Gallery.

Press release

Aniko Horvath photographs abandoned sites as a means to explore the formal and contextual associations of space. Horvath employs the aesthetic of architectural decay to delineate blighted locations that include home, factory and urban settings. These photographs are composed with sensitivity to the trace remains of human occupation and the suggestive nature of dramatically lit architectonics. Broken windows, machine parts, furnishings, appliances and trash act as psychologically charged indicators of loss, isolation and situational disfigurement. Horvath’s powerful images empathize with these spaces and offer expansive readings of social upheaval, environmental waste, catastrophe and the destructive force of time.

Horvath teaches art at Turn of River Middle School in Stamford and earned a BFA and MFA from Pratt Institute.

Fair Haven based sculptor Conrad Duenkel has worked in glass for over 30 years. His blown and constructed pieces emphasize the artistic process and material properties of this historically rich material. Duenkel produces dynamic functional objects as well as abstract and representational sculptural works. His transparent and colored bowls, goblets, and vases are delicate examples of masterful technique and skill. Duenkel’s sculptural paperweights, flowers, fruit and animals forms embody the organic materiality of glass and the aura of the handmade.

The Niche is located on the first floor of Founders Hall and is open Mondays through Fridays 8:30 a.m.—4 p.m. when classes are in session.

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