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Fovea presents:

Soft Targets
A show of ceramics and other media by
Don Mengay

Opening Reception Second Saturday July 9, 2016, 6-9pm

Hudson Beach Glass Beacon, 162 Main St., Beacon, NY

Beaded figure by Don Mengay   Shot Up Vase by Don Mengay

Soft Targets, by Donald Mengay
Artist Statement

The works in this show are a direct response to the ever-pervasive and -destructive role of guns in American life. “Blue Vase with Guns” was made a year before Newtown, and it grew out of a sense of concern, alarm, and even sadness (hence the color) about the ubiquitous nature of firearms near and around children. I had the premonition that it could only end badly, that it was only a matter of time, and I was dismayed to see this vision take on real, tragic dimensions in a small town in Connecticut. I was doubly dismayed to witness how quickly the furor came and went, as if nothing had ever happened. Life seemed to return to normal, with no substantive changes made culturally to restrict access to high-powered weapons. Far from an effort to exploit the situation, Soft Targets is an effort to memorialize the victims of gun violence, not just in Newtown but on the streets of East Brooklyn or the South Side of Chicago, where children, youths, and adults too are gunned down in a hail of stray bullets, victims of adult passions and, in some sense, irresponsibility.

The emphasis on the youthful nature of so many gun-related victims can be found in the use of primary colors throughout the work, as well as in iconography related to children, including cartoon figures, toys, dolls, and the like. The presence of black pottery and the large black linocut serve as a requiem for so many lives lost. The black imagery reveals that at the heart of this project is a deep, enduring sadness that fast-turning news cycles can’t negate.

Teddy with Vase by Don Mengay

Soft Targets by Don Mengay

Second Saturday

July 9, 2016

One of the most talked about new destinations in the State of New York, Beacon has established itself as one of the great arts communities of the Hudson Valley. 60 miles north of Manhattan, Beacon has been described by The New York Times as The Hudson Valley's most promising hot spot for contemporary art.

Second Saturday Beacon is a city-wide celebration of the arts held on the second Saturday of every month when galleries and shops stay open until 9pm. Gallery openings, music are just some of the ongoing events.

For a lineup of Second Saturday events go to:

beaconarts.org/events

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