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Jason DeMarte & Matthew McConville
February 4–March 31, 2017
Gallery Reception: Saturday, February 4, 6–8 pm

Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Confected, a two-person exhibition of photographs by Jason DeMarte and paintings by Matthew McConville. These artists playfully twist their representations of realism to explore their exquisite and idiosyncratic versions of the natural world.



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Michigan-based photographer Jason DeMarte creates fictional tableaux that examine beauty, perfection, and excess in relation to flora and fauna. In his Confected series, DeMarte digitally composes images that blend scenes of birds, trees, fruit, and flowers with brightly colored, commercially processed items. Compositions include pigeons dripping with baby blue paint, cowbirds surrounded by a confetti of rainbow sprinkles, and peonies covered in corn syrup. These photographs show a highly stylized world that combines the contrived and the natural.

DeMarte’s work can be found in the collections of the Fort Collins Colorado Historical Museum; the Fort Wayne Museum of Contemporary Art in Indiana; Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL. He has shown in exhibitions throughout the US as well as in South Africa, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates.

Matthew McConville finds inspiration in art history. His recent work alludes to 16th-century Dutch still life paintings of flowers. These masterful and highly detailed oil paintings look as if they have burst out of context and taken on a life suspended in midair.

McConville’s work has been exhibited throughout the US and is in the collections of the Charlotte Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; the Federal Reserve, Minneapolis, MN; Iowa State Bank, Iowa City, IA; United States Park Service, Isle Royale National Park, Houghton, MI; and the Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN. He is an assistant professor at Goucher College in Baltimore, where he teaches drawing and painting.

Images for this exhibition can be found on our website High-resolution images are available on request.


Gallery Exhibition Dates:
February 4–March 31, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 6–8 pm

Gallery Hours

Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

514 Central Avenue SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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About Invisible Children
Lately we have been hearing on the news about the plights of the Syrian refugees and the huge refugee influx to neighboring countries. However, not many people take the time to look at each of them as a person, an individual with an identity. When I was in Beirut in 2014, I was poignantly struck by the Syrian refugee children and teens standing at every other street corner begging for money, selling red roses or miscellaneous trinkets, or carrying beat-up shoe-shining equipment. They all said they were “working” and were being brought by the truckload every morning and expected to bring money back at the end of each day. People often walked or drove by them seemingly indifferent or just fed-up by what the influx of refugees has done to the country’s economy and resources. As a mother, I was truly moved by the children and troubled by the fact that they had become almost faceless and invisible to the locals. These kids and teens seemed to blend with the graffiti on the walls in front of which they were standing. They are sadly only perceived by people and on the news as “the refugees”. The group identity seemed to define them more than their individual identity. I tried through my images to put an individual face to the invisible children, to give them their dignity and portray their individuality. - Rania Matar

About the Artist
Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon. She moved to the U.S. in 1984 to study architecture at Cornell University and later photography at New England School of Photography and Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar currently works full time on her personal photography projects and teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her images are in the permanent collections worldwide including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, Worcester deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln MA among others.