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The Anxious Condition

When: Fri., May 12, 6-9 p.m. and Sat., May 13, 12-5 p.m. 2017

A recent New Yorker article revealed the alarming degree to which many of the nation's wealthiest citizens are preparing for the apocalypse by building bunkers and hoarding emergency supplies. This trend reflects a larger anxiety permeating the U.S. Yet daily life goes on even as a sense of imminent doom grips us. The fifteen artists in elin o'Hara slavick's spring MFA seminar at UNC-Chapel Hill explore this "anxious condition" in their final show of the semester, which is also on view from noon to five on Saturday after this Friday-night opening reception. What better way to navigate this paradox than through the absurd and multimodal? Picture a lawnmower aflame, sculptures made of dirt and plaster, and footage of automobile accidents. Artists like Carley Zarzeka and Louis Watts create geometric drawings and sculptures, Kimberly English combines textiles and technology, and Joy Meyer focuses on experimental video. The varied mediums and sensibilities convey the multifaceted nature of anxiety. —Noah Rawlings

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