Tuesday, March 31, 2015

On view: Neal McDannel

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 5:21 PM

The current show at Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 at Finger Lakes Community College (3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua) is "A Panoptic Survey" of the work of Class of '81 FLCC alumnus Neal McDannel, who returned to making art after a 13-year hiatus. The exhibit features McDannel's expressive, realist drawings, paintings, lithographic drawings, and photography.

McDannel's subjects include his wife -- his primary muse -- and other family members. "Their demeanor within the piece can reflect my state of mind or strong emotions I have recently felt," he says. Some works read as a snapshot of a reverie; others hold all of the moody mystery of a film noir scene.

Inspired by religious multi-panel works, many of the pieces are diptychs or triptychs. In each work, figures express depictions of apathy, frustration, iconic love, inspiration, emotional turmoil, individual personalities, domestic abuse, the beauty of daily life, introspection, and the complexity and mobility of our society.

The show remains on view through April 17. On Thursday, April 2, McDannel will give a demonstration at 11 a.m., followed by an artist's talk at 1 p.m. and reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday & Sunday, noon to p.m. For more information, call 785-1369, or email gallery34@flcc.edu. Check out more of McDannel's work at nealmcdannel.weebly.com.

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