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Opening Reception: The Extraordinary Tale: Magic Realism in Art

Bath House Cultural Center

Reception with the artists: Saturday, May 6, 2017 (7-9 PM). On view May 6 through June 3.

The Extraordinary Tale explores and celebrates the technical, aesthetic and thematic elements that are associated with the genre of Magic Realism.  Although most commonly associated with Latin American 20th Century authors, the artistic style of magic realism also applies to different forms of arts, such as photography, painting, film, and other media.  The genre usually depicts a world that is anchored in everyday reality but is also populated by settings or subjects that possess overtones of fantasy and wonder.

An important characteristic of magic realism is that the viewer must accept the unreal as a natural part of reality.  Other art styles, such as surrealism, symbolism, or fantasy art, rely on the creation of hypothetical worlds that are used to accommodate the imaginary.  Magic realism, on the other hand, uses the real world as the setting and any incredible components of the story are presented naturally as if they were always part of that world.

Author Matthew Strecher gives, perhaps, the best simple definition of Magic Realism when he describes the genre as "what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe.”

The exhibition includes works by artists from Texas, California, North Carolina, Mexico, and El Salvador. 

The show features art by: Rita Barnard, Tatyana Bessmertnaya, Paul Bond, Jacque Forsher, Ginger Fox, Maria Teresa García Pedroche, Chema Gil, Rebecca Guy, Cesar Mateos, Chuck McCarter, Rusty McDonald, William Battle Montgomery, Rebeca Navarro, Sharon Neel Bagley, Sharon O’Callaghan Shero, Silvia Parra, Jorge Rey, Brenda Robson, Shawn Saumell, Armando Sebastian, and Jeanne Sturdevant.

The exhibition was curated by Enrique Fernández Cervantes.

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