Andrew Catanese: The Good Men of Hell

September 8 – October 14, 2018 2018-09-08 09:00:00 2018-10-14 09:00:00 15 Andrew Catanese: The Good Men of Hell Banko Gallery true MM/DD/YYYY
Venue: Banko Gallery

In The Good Men of Hell, Andrew Catanese developed a body of work that engages in the ageless process of myth-making. Drawing narratives from Dante Aligheri’s Inferno and placing them into the dark woods and liminal spaces of rivers, creeks, and foothills that make up Southern landscapes, Catanese critically addresses archaic, yet persistent, moral dogmas. Encounters between coyote and deer imbue these places with myth and magic. The paintings parallel how classical myths happened in real landscapes and continued to exist alongside the mortal inhabitants. Catanese’s paintings are predicated on the belief that when our stories happen in familiar places, the landscapes become important parts of our collective identity, strengthening our ties to our homes and to our values.

Andrew Catanese attended the Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained a BFA in Studio Art. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He has shown his work throughout the state as well as participating in shows in Missouri, Virginia, and Italy. Andrew’s work stems from growing up in the South as a queer, secular man. The dense, tapestry-like images are populated with figures in disguise caught in moments of violence and intimacy, surrounded by the thick, heavy foliage of the South. Each painting draws heavily from literature, biblical narratives, and classical myth. Andrew paintings act as refutations of tribalism and violence; professing an intense desire for more empathy. The paintings work to capture the complexities of the South.

Venue Information
Banko Gallery
Banana Factory
25 W Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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