March 17, 2009 by: Dom
OPENING RECEPTION MAR 21 2009 6 PM – 8 PM
UB Anderson Gallery
The paintings and drawings in Passing Moments are drawn from Engl’s living and teaching abroad in Russia during the summers of 2007 and 2008. The artist spent most of his time on the streets of the small city he was in, taking photographs of the daily life of the people. These images became the point of departure for his drawings and paintings.
Engl’s drawings and paintings reveal individuals in the quiet, passing moments of existence, shifting in and out of their spiritual and physical natures. They display, simultaneously, corporeality and ethereality. They exist in stark, decontextualized environments, without the burdens and trappings of the physical world, forcing the viewer to contemplate the infinite within.
Engl is a native of Buffalo, New York. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Buffalo State College, and is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts degree at SUNY Buffalo. He has spent time traveling and teaching English abroad in China and Russia.