Peter Bugg’s latest curating endeavor “Animal Party,” currently on view at Modified Arts, is kind of like Disneyland. With its brightly colored sculptures and large cartoon-like paintings, it initially feels like a dreamy play world. But upon closer inspection, it’s clear that there’s something sinister afoot here. Take our advice and don’t be afraid, because it’s the sardonic undertones in this art exhibition that really make it worth while. The show features work from emerging artists Alex Benson, Sasha Lewis, and Nathan Lewis. Benson and Nathan Lewis present sculptural work, while Sasha Lewis shows paintings. Benson’s work is more abstract, dealing with themes like employment, careers, and adulthood. Nathan Lewis depicts a series of small human-like figures, engaged in grotesque acts. Sasha Lewis paints all kinds of animal piles, using highly-saturated colors and a stylized technique.
Under Bugg’s direction, the work comes to life.
This week is your last chance to catch “Animal Party,” which will be on view at 407 East Roosevelt Street though August 9. Hours on Thursday, August 7, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.modifiedarts.org or call 602-462-5516.
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 1, 6-10 p.m. Starts: July 18. Continues through Aug. 9, 2014