The College of Central Florida presents the “Contradictions” exhibition featuring the work of the Florida Artists Group beginning on Jan. 8 at the Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road. The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free to attend.
The show is a visual response to a culture that is becoming increasingly fractious. The artworks, which are presented in pairs, set up internal dialogues between the two halves. But more significantly, visual discussions are created between artists across gallery walls comparing what are their deemed priorities. The goal is to present to the public a template for visual thinking, a way of moving forward. To embrace contradiction in a constructive manner through visual thinking can often slip the bounds of verbal constraints, grammatical restrictions, and lead to new interesting combinations and ultimately new ideas.
The Florida Artists Group, a statewide artists organization, was founded in 1949 in the absence of solid cultural institutions. It continues its activities, holding multiple exhibitions across the state yearly. FLAG artists form the core of the show along with prominent Duval County artists who were individually invited. The goal was to create a group of artists with different backgrounds, ages and experiences.
The exhibit will continue through Thursday, March 12. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The gallery is closed Friday through Sunday and college-observed holidays. For additional information, call 352-873-5809.