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Sex, Death, and Geometry Exhibit Opens November 7

Sex, Death, and Geometry Exhibit Opens in Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, November 7

October 28, 2013

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host Sex, Death and Geometry: A Thirty-Year Retrospective by Seattle-based painter David Brody. The opening events will take place on Thursday, November 7, beginning with a lecture by the artist at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. The lecture will be immediately followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

David Brody has been a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington School of Art since 1996. The exhibit will illustrate the changes in content, procedures, and materials that have marked his work over time:

"For close to three decades I made figurative oil paintings. The narrative content spanned sex, violence, and death, and, at times, the work was tinged with humor,” says Brody.

Beginning in 2006 it became apparent to Brody that he no longer needed the human figure to investigate the visual relationships that occupied his artistic practice. Brody’s most recent pieces are archival ink jet prints that blend digital with traditional techniques to explore the nature of grids, lines, and geometric forms in space.

David Brody was born in New York City. He did his undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College and received his MFA in painting from Yale University. In addition to solo exhibitions at Gallery NAGA in Boston, Ester Claypool in Seattle, Gescheidle in Chicago, and Galeria Gilde in Portugal his work has been featured in over seventy group shows. Brody has received numerous awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Fulbright Grant, a Basil H. Alkazzi Award, an Elizabeth Foundation Grant, two Massachusetts Artist Fellowships, two University of Washington Royalty Research Fund Grants, and was a Fellow at the Shave International Artists’ Workshop in Somerset, England.

Sex, Death, and Geometry will remain on display through December 8. The gallery will be closed from November 27 through December 1 for Thanksgiving break. Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on weekends, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please go to http://www.cwu.edu/art/Current-Schedule.

Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665, heatherh@cwu.edu. Images available upon request.