February 7 - 24, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, February 9, 6-9PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6PM

The LAB will be subdivided into six smaller gallery spaces for this exhibition showcasing emerging talent from across the country:

Sarah Applebaum creates intricate ink drawings of nothing in particular--and yet through the repetition of one simple mark something definite, though indefinable, emerges. Her work elicits many associations: fur, fire, lichen, or sperm. What Applebaum attempts to draw are not these impressions themselves, but rather the pure illustrative archetypes from which these associations and many others are made.

Sarah Bereza portrays her past with an intimate look at a world of friendship, camaraderie, sex and violence. Before moving to New York City, Bereza was a sorority girl. Influenced by this era of her life, many of Bereza's paintings depict portraits of friends posed in sexually charged situations. Bereza will also show a second series of work depicting women's portraits--defiant, diffident, disgusted, or despondent.  Entitled The Conquests, these works evoke taxidermied trophies, turning the viewer into the ladykiller who has mounted each victim on the wall of his den.

Matthew Cox attempts to explore the human experience, which finds solace and security in everyday tasks, emphasizing the duality between the need for stability and the desire for drama. Repetitive drawing, kinetic sculpture, and animation are the media and processes through which the artist explores these themes. Cox examines his own everyday experiences as part of a daily routine--the resulting work reveals how repetition, the mundane, and even boredom can become positive qualities and actions of beauty.

David King pushes the medium of collage beyond normal expectations. Of particular interest is transformation, and how he can re-use and re-imagine images into entirely new contexts and meanings. Pearls and diamonds from Sotheby's auction catalogs become cellular structures. 1980s beefcake icons and 60s exercise girls become Hindu gods and goddesses. For King, collage has emerged as the medium through which he can uniquely express thoughts on sexuality, spirituality and mortality.

Meredith Miller photographs women who struggle with obesity in a positive way rather than a negative or objectifying one. Her visual language, inspired by Rembrandt's treatment of voluptuous nudes, enables her to photograph models so that their beauty and grace transcend their generous girth. In this way, Miller attempts to challenge the perceptions of obesity in women. Miller hopes to show not only her subjects a new way of seeing themselves, but also her audience a new way of seeing her subjects.

Joseph Rizzo's work focuses on the symbols that are used to characterize the ideas and identities of nations. Rizzo examines how this visual language expresses the politics and cultures of the world. He is particularly intrigued with the way iconic animal imagery is used in popular narratives, films, insignia, fairy tales, children's stories, and myths to signify general traits, emotions, or behaviors in people. In this work, Rizzo uses animal symbolism to reference social and political issues such as modern imperialism, environmental pollution, and government surveillance.