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Curated by Natasha Kuranko
18 June–30 July 2022
18 June 2022, 4–6 PM
Bridgeport, CT—URSA is pleased to present Avidya, a group exhibition featuring eight artists working
within the Greater Bridgeport area: Saint Aedan, Dennis Carroll, Jem Flores, Thalia Hernandez, Twig Lips, Dakota Matthess, Vaida Medina, and Jeff Ostergren. On view from 18 June–30 July 2022, the show derives its name from a Sanskrit term often translated in the west as delusion, ignorance, and static. Organized by emerging curator Natasha Kuranko, Avidya explores shifting aesthetics, confusion, and transformation. Saint Aedan, Dennis Carroll, and Jem Flores offer us artworks reminiscent of cartoon imagery and celebrity that can be held, worn, or used as an everyday object—demonstrating a collective need for materiality in an increasingly online and virtual world. Using crushed-up pharmaceuticals and pigment to create his “hyper-synthetic” pointillist paintings referencing art history and advertisements, Jeff Ostergren confronts notions of archivability and many people’s blissful ignorance around what modern medicine asks us to put into our bodies. Thalia Hernandez, Twig Lips, Vaida Medina, and Dakota Matthess welcome viewers into both the uplifting and discomforting process of transformation. With neon light illuminating the gallery, Avidya as a whole asks us to challenge outdated concepts of taste and nurture new forms of beauty.