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Wayne Armstrong 

When: Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 15 2020
Jorge Luis Borges once compared living life to reading linearly; and dreaming to skipping through a text at random. Collage is admirably suited to the absurd or beautiful juxtapositions and combinations that reveal a hidden order beneath default reality, and many artists have explored it for that reason for a century. The collages of Wayne Armstrong in his small but stunning exhibition, Capriccio, make the tradition new and fresh. Art mavens may remember that Goya’s dark fantasies on the human condition were entitled Caprichos, but none of that Romantic’s despair figures in these works, which meld abstraction and figuration and combine a wide range of materials, including excerpts from Dürer and deconstructed books. Armstrong has an exquisite compositional sense and feeling for color harmonies. These witty Cornellian works, which carry their titles only on the reverse (evidence of the artist’s puckish sense of humor) distill and improve on today’s brutal reality.
— DeWitt Cheng


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