VOYEUR OF THE MUNDANE

We have a tendency to overlook the everyday, the quotidian, the banal.

We pass by the same visual stimuli daily, and it might as well not exist.

The familiar, in context, numbs perception and lulls us to ignore.

But take those same commonplace sights, filter them through the sensibilities of five acclaimed artists, recontextualize the commonplace

by hanging the resulting works on gallery walls, and then look again—the invisible becomes visible, the ordinary becomes extraordinary,

and a grain of sand just might look like a world.

Erin Cluley Gallery’s Voyeur of the Mundane, opening October 13 and running through November 24, is just such an exhibition.

Featuring photographs by Nic Nicosia, Steve Dennie, and Allison V.

Smith, and paintings by Vernon Fisher and Julie Bozzi, the group show elevates the overlooked.

Voyeur of the Mundane challenges viewers to really look, engage,

and commune with the everyday subject matter, and to find the hidden poetic lurking in the prosaic.

“I don’t think anyone’s ever done a show that focused on the mundane,” says Steve Dennie, featured photographer and curator of the exhibition.

“It’s five different interpretations of the mundane—every one of them is showing work that’s their interpretation of things that people take for granted.

And the fact that it’s both painting and photography makes for a more interesting impact.”

 A key aspect of the group is that all the artists are long-standing friends. Back in the day, Dennie

and Nic Nicosia were contemporaneous classmates at North Texas State University (now UNT), while at the same time Vernon Fisher was a Professor of Art there.

Renowned painter Julie Bozzi, who’s married to Fisher, is also a longtime friend, and the youngest of the five, celebrated photographer Allison V. Smith, completes the circle.

“Another thing is that we all like each others’ work,” Dennie adds with a laugh. “It doesn’t really matter one way or another,

but that’s always nice…” Gallerist Erin Cluley fell in love with the concept immediately.

“Steve Dennie came to me with this and I said, ‘yes, yes, yes, absolutely!’” she recalls.

“Having these five artists under one roof is pretty cool. I also loved the idea of coming back around to one of my artists, Nic Nicosia.

I’m really honored to be hosting this.”

The exhibition is also an admirable exercise in reaching across the aisle, since Dennie and Smith are aligned with

Barry Whistler Gallery and Bozzi and Fisher are both represented by Talley Dunn Gallery.

The show includes 40+ pieces from the five artists, some new, some older, and in Nicosia’s case,

a collection of 38-year-old fabricated photos that are on view for the first time.

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