Friday, November 4, 2011

VISITING ARTIST LECTURE: Lavar Munroe / East Carolina University / November 11, 2011

Lavar Munroe | Visiting Artist Lecture
November 11, 2011 | East Carolina University
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Posted: October 30, 2011 

On Friday, November 11, 2011 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm the School of Art and Design (SOAD) at East Carolina University will host Bahamian fine artist Lavar Munroe in a Visiting Artist Lecture Series. The event is hosted by the ECU Painting Guild and will be held at the Speight Auditorium. Munroe will talk about the challenges of painting in the 21st century and show his older work, along with his silhouetted digital works and end with his recent complex digital renderings and mixed media drawings.

Lavar Munroe’s work is an examination of human existence -- past, present and future. It investigates beliefs and practices, religious and secular, handed down from generation to generation. It also questions how life is valued in a society, be it one’s own life or the life of another. Through the use of metaphoric symbolism and iconography, Munroe's work seeks to reveal life in its many complexities; his images communicate layered messages. Besides his subconscious, he draws inspiration from literature, fables and images of old. He often borrows from the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess and was most recently inspired by the religious controversy triggered by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The artist states "my researches, ideas, ideologies and subconscious have fostered my work towards the artistry of life, survival, religion, death and the afterlife in a contemporary world."

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