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A World Awry | Art Exhibition at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - May 15 @ 5:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 19, 2022

Exhibition Dates: April 14 – May 22, 2022
Galleries open: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-5:00 PM
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 16, 4-6PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Art Colony is thrilled to present A World Awry, an exhibition featuring the work of eight exciting, early-career artists: Kyle Browne, Gillian Davis, Winslow Funaki, Michael LaMarche, Morgan Petitpas, Alex Stroup, William Weygint and Marika Whitaker. Working in an array of media, these artists nonetheless share distinctly off-kilter visions of reality befitting our current world – one marked by the breakdown of a shared sense of truth, stable social categories, natural ecology, boundaries of every kind and of safety itself. If not completely “comfortable” in this unsettled reality, these are artists willing to grapple with – and even play within – it.

Works skillfully rendered in traditional mediums of oil, acrylic, pencil, watercolor, charcoal and video reflect the dizzying pace and disorienting transformations of everyday life and render the ordinary strange. Wielding the tools of realism – fine brushstrokes, precise drawing and lustrous surfaces – William Weygint peoples mundane environments with the alienated and grotesque, sometimes stretching figures to the brink of recognition. In playful, free-wheeling paintings by Alex Stroup and videos by Michael LaMarche, curious figures and creatures traverse densely-layered, wildly colorful and mutating landscapes. Drawing a direct line between whimsy and the deadly serious, Gillian Davis’s eerily prescient large-scale watercolor Big Mama, depicts an enormous Matryoshka doll whose torso contains not a series of nesting dolls, but rather an old European town engulfed in flames.

The pressures exerted by new technologies, pandemic, environmental crisis, social upheaval, and war lurk just below the surface in many of these works, but equal doses of magic, humor, and even hope are also on offer. Anarchic uses and pairings of materials express a kind of giddy incredulity in the face of a world out of control. Winslow Funaki’s marriage of iridescent stretch satin and insulating spray foam create wonky, impractical baskets, and a befuddling probe equipped with high-tech haptic sensors buzzes and lights up in the presence of both living and inanimate “beings.” In Kyle Browne’s diminutive, exquisitely formed sculptures, limpet shells grow ceramic tongues and engage in an uncanny, illicit exchange. Salvaging beauty and delight from the material detritus of contemporary life, Marika Whitaker repurposes drywall scraps, thread, push pins, and discarded house paint into improbably elegant paintings and sculptures while Morgan Petitpas’s fanciful sensibility transforms a broken taillight and old vinyl remnants into an anatomically correct, though broken, heart and shapes foraged lengths of fishing net and chain link into a rainbow-hued hammock fit for a weary, misshapen creature.

Holding up a multifaceted, surrealist mirror, these artists offer us a cockeyed perspective on what is, indeed, a world awry.

This exhibit opens each Thursday through Sunday, noon-5:00 pm in both galleries at the Cultural Center.

Opening Reception

The public is invited to celebrate the creativity of the artists at the Opening Reception on Saturday, April 16th, 4-6PM. View the art, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments, drink and always lively conversation.

Related events:

Wing a Thing workshop with Morgan Petitpas

Friday, April 15, 1pm-5pm

The Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA

For details and to register, click here.

Kyle Browne Virtual Artist Talk

Thursday, April 28, 6pm-7pm

For details and to register for this free event, click here.

Will Weygint Virtual Artist Talk

Thursday, May 5, 6pm-7pm

For details and to register for this free event, click here.

The public is invited to an exciting roster of planned exhibitions, receptions and events in 2022 with refreshments, admission and nearby parking free of charge. More information for all Cultural Center events is available by visiting the website at www.rockyneckartcolony.org, by email at [email protected]  or by telephone at 978 515-7004.


May 12 @ 12:00 pm
May 15 @ 5:00 pm


Rocky Neck Art Colony


The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States
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(978) 515-7004