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Alumnus Chase Westfall holds exhibition: Resist Evil

Alumnus Chase Westfall holds exhibition: Resist Evil

We are proud to share that one of our alumni, Chase Westfall, is holding an exhibition called Resist Evil here in Gainesville.

Chase Westfall | RESIST EVIL, opens with a free public reception, 7-9 p.m. Friday February 17th, 2017, at the Santa Fe Gallery, room M-147 at the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville. The exhibit will remain on view through March 17, 2017 with the exclusion of the week of spring break (March 6-10). Gallery hours are Mon.- Fri., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public.

Continuing with a long­ established theme, the works in Resist Evil are reflections on violence as a political, sociological, and spiritual value. In the writings of philosopher Rene Girard, ‘evil’ is the active impulse through which societal tension is actualized as violence.

This actualization, the conversion of tension into the violent event, creates an opening through which accumulated tensions may be released; and following which the community may regain a temporary sense of resolution and peace. This reprieve leads many to the false (shortsighted) conclusion that the ‘evils’ which catalyzed the violent event are, in that sense, justified, or even desireable. But because they fail to address the underlying source of the conflict, the cycle of violence has merely been reset and begins to charge again. Over time, as this pattern repeats, all members of the community (the ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’, the perpetrators and victims, ‘us’ and ‘them’) are drawn deeper into conflict and into a state of almost total complicity in perpetuating the cycle of violence. For Resist Evil, I will create a series of new works examining states of complicity and strategies of resistance within this system of violence. Including painting, sculpture, video and installation, the exhibition will utilize an interdisciplinary approach in hopes of providing a more complex understanding of a very difficult subject matter.

For more information check out the event page on Facebook here

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