Craig LaRoTonda: Divine Messengers,
Venue: Burchfield Penney Art Center
Address: 1300 Elmwood Ave.
City: Buffalo, NY 14222 USA
Price: $10.00 & under
Brief-description: eccentric sculpture and paintings capture the bizarre, dark imagery of the subconscious mind through Jan. 28.
Event url: www.burchfieldpenney.org
About: Artist Craig LaRotonda’s figurative works marry fantasy with dark elements of surrealism. His mysterious genre of artistry comes to life using a variety of mediums—oil, acrylic, gold leaf, wood, paper, wax and found-objects—to create paintings and sculptures that are richly layered and enchanted. The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State today announced it will present a visual record of LaRotonda’s conceptual thoughts, philosophic views, memories and dreams. The Craig LaRotonda: Divine Messengers exhibition opens Friday, September 8 and will on view through Sunday, January 28. “Growing up watching the science fiction classic Planet of The Apes series and its complex sociological themes was a source of inspiration for LaRotonda’s primate series represented in Divine Messengers. “Seeing all the similiaries that humans and primates share brought forth questions about treatment and equality of lifeforms. I’ve also always liked figurative work,” recalls LaRotonda. “I remember going to the Buffalo Zoo to see Sampson, the first gorilla I ever saw. There was also a chimp named Eddie. Both looked sad in these cells, really prison cells with metal bars. They would sit there and you could look directly into their eyes, a moving experience for me. I felt compassion towards them. The sculpture I’ve created for the exhibition is named after Sampson.” “The installation is a blend of sculpture and paintings. A common thread that exists in all of Craig’s work is the consideration of the human condition challenged by indirect referencing to the primal, mystical, and alien,” said Scott Propeack Burchfield Penney associate director and chief curator. “Although a dark place for investigation, his primal work suggests the savage in all of us prevails and our free-thinking selves left behind. He peers into our past selves and instead of the popular images of savagery, asks what if that origin story was the enlightened being?”.