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A group of ASU honors painting undergraduates recently founded the group, 2-D Or Not 2-D to foster community, motivation, and service among student artists. In addition to outreach projects, weekly meetings, lectures, and paint-a-thons, their third exhibition “Carnivál,” opens on Monday. This group shows moxie along with art as 20-plus student-artists mess with societal norms, spatial and gravity expectations, and painting processes in the dark circus-themed exhibit. In literary terms, carnivalization is an attempt to uncover, undermine, and even destroy hierarchies and ideologies that dictate rules. On a visual-art plane, this show seems to break down all sorts of preconceptions about what a painting show is supposed to look like.

April 12-15, 12-5 p.m., 2010

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