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CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery Presents Erik Thor Sandberg and Megan Van Wagoner: Saturated with the Subconscious

Photo courtesy of Flashpoint Gallery.

Photo courtesy of Flashpoint Gallery.

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Opening Reception: Friday, July 10 from 6pm to 8pm

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CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery presents Saturated with the Subconscious, a collaborative installation by Erik Thor Sandberg and Megan Van Wagoner (July 10 – August 8, 2015). Van Wagoner’s narrative objects, recreated in porcelain and glass, are merged with the rich imagery of Sandberg’s paintings and drawings. It is an exploration of vulnerability and voyeurism, intimacy and the subconscious.

White pillows are arranged in a grid on the wall. The projection of the pillows from the wall at first appears delicate and uniform, a minimal meditation of shape and form. The far side of the forms present saturated paintings of intimate scenes nestled inside the porcelain pillowcases. Peering into the recesses of porcelain pillows turns the audience into voyeur examining the mind of another. The images within the cases are subconscious reflections, dreams and nightmares, private and uncontrolled. Pillows are the place where our most intimate moments happen. They are steeped in our greatest fears, desires, and joys. They bear witness to what no one else does. They are drenched in the sweat of our fevered dreams, and the tears of greatest woes. They hear the unfettered conversations of our dreams.

About the Artists
Erik Thor Sandberg (b. Quantico, VA 1975) is an artist based in Washington, DC. Sandberg is known for his masterful oil paintings of the human figure and landscape. Creating inventive imagery ranging from panoramic to intimate, Sandberg pushes the skillful illusionism of master painting to the contemporary edge of Magic Realism. His work has been exhibited at public and private venues internationally, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, and is in numerous private collections. Sandberg is represented by CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC.

Megan Van Wagoner (b. Cleveland, OH 1973) is an artist working in the Baltimore/Washington area. Van Wagoner is best known for her mixed media sculptures using clay, metal, and glass. Her sculpted objects capture moments in a narrative and express them as artifacts or artifice. In many cases the narrative is autobiographical and references the mid-west where she grew up. Van Wagoner has exhibited widely at venues in the United States and abroad and her work is in numerous private collections.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm
  • or by appointment

Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW. For more information visit www.culturaldc.org.

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