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A Conspiracy II

A follow-up to their collaborative 2014 exhibition, “A Conspiracy II” combines oil paintings by Manda McKay and collages by Kenneth Aguar. With a background in medical illustration, McKay creates hyperrealistic still-lifes that arrange natural materials—shells, feathers, fruits, bones—in provocative ways that suggest commentaries on beauty, sexuality and sociopolitical ideas. Demonstrating some cool cut-and-paste craftsmanship, Aguar creates new narratives from a hodgepodge of vintage imagery blending science fiction and popular culture. The opening reception will feature a chance to meet both artists, as well as a set by DJ Nate from Wuxtry. “A Conspiracy II” will remain on view through February.