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Defacement: MFA Thesis Exhibition by Patrick Foran Opens Sunday, May 10th

May 6, 2015  by: Natalie Fleming

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Date:  May 10, 2015
Time:  2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

Artist talk at 3:00 p.m.

Patrick Foran’s MFA thesis exhibition, Defacement, examines the ways in which masks, helmets and coverings obscure the face—providing anonymity and autonomy for the subject.   In this exhibiton, a small army of oversized, silent face-offs short-circuit the immediacy of identity.  Simultaneously, these veils obstruct any facet of personality. Removing our individuality, for intended purposes of entertainment, biological protection or national defense elevates the opportunity for moral transgression and questionable personal accountability.

The exhibition will be on view from May 10 – August 9, 2015