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Between Intuition and Reason

When: July 18-Aug. 9 2014

It's a cliché among detractors of contemporary art to bemoan the fact that these days, anything can be "art." Perhaps it's more accurate, though, to say that anything can become art when manipulated in the right way. Painter Allison Tierney, currently pursuing an MFA at UNC-Chapel Hill, excels at doing just that. Working with house paint and other domestic materials, she relies not on the neatly organized aisles of art-supply stores, but on dumps, curbsides and other places where the detritus of life slips into oblivion. To their former owners, these discarded materials have lost their functions; Tierney reclaims and redeems them. A formalist in the tradition of the late Simon Hantaï, she interrogates materials in ways that are visually arresting and pointed enough to provoke reflection on waste, control and the hidden potential of the everyday. —Will Partin

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