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Michael Polomik: Hellbent Crown

When: Fri., Sept. 9 2016

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

MICHAEL POLOMIK: HELLBENT CROWN

Raleigh's Michael Polomik paints images that instantly evoke Renaissance religious art—the voluminous figures in sculptural poses, the awed perspective and immanent light—and then renders them strange with light-touched surrealism: a head replaced by a skull here, a face billowing clouds there. The scenes that don't evoke primitive terror swing toward wonder, with figures clasped in diagrammatic pictographs that slip between modern graphic design and some kind of Mesoamerican science fiction. Polomik's stark, focused iconography creates a unified world that resists direct interpretation but invites viewers to fill in their own epic story. Play your part in Hellbent Crown, Polomik's new exhibit at the Carrack, which runs for one more day after this closing reception. —Brian Howe

THE CARRACK MODERN ART, DURHAM
6–9 p.m., free, www.thecarrack.org

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