Why do human beings always see themselves in everything: craggy rock formations, diffuse cloud clusters, dense swirls of paint on canvas? Basically, we're just a bunch of unhinged egomaniacs with a raging god complex. But besides that bitchy breakdown, there are also higher-minded possibilities including introspection, auto-analysis, and self-discovery. The new exhibit Face to Face at Edge Zones attempts to decode the drive behind peoples propensity for seeing faces in even the most random visual patterns. Curated by Miami-based painter Juan Carballo, this group show features photorealist, fantastic, and abstract self-portraits by Lucas Blanco, Juan Carballo, Franklin Einspruch, Ernie Sandidge, and Claudia Scalise. Now, maybe, as ringleader Carballo explains, Painting the figure allows me to give form to my fascination with people. Running through May 29, Face to Face is open to the public 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Thu., May 20, 11 a.m., 2010