Opening reception August 17. 6-9pm
Next-door neighbors on the zodiac chart, Dean and Sarah occupy very different
personal universes. A textbook Sagittarius, Sarah Staskauskas suffers fools gladly
and paints portraits that speak of unsolved and unspoken family trauma, not yet
forgotten in the eyes of her subjects. Many of whom are blood relations, the others
strangers long dead or yet to be met. Sarah respects all the ghouls as she pulls and
pushes them to the edges. Her compositions scrape space and pull focus between
luminescent eyes and cursed orthodontia.
Dean Styers is an Aquarius with a calculating heart who tolerates sentimentality like
a straight edge thug tolerates public drinking at an SS Decontrol show in ’82. Dean
gives us the results of the autopsies he’s performed on artifacts culled from the
suspect strata of pop culture. Few folk raised by the syndicated cartoons and sit-
coms of the 50s and 60s actually hate their tele-nannies. It would seem frame by
frame, cell by cell, Dean is double checking that calculating heart of his, making
certain his Aquarian veracity remains absolute.
Exhibited together, Sarah & Dean, who sometimes share a palette and pull from and
examine the past without pomp or self-consciousness, present differing and
dizzying views, nearly psychedelic in their straight jab simplicity.