The Averitt Center for the Arts is unveiling a new exhibition in the main gallery of the Averitt Center main building this Thursday, displaying the augmented, whimsical paintings of Matt Mogle.

Recollections will be displayed from April 28th until June 30th. We cordially invite you to the opening reception Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to view Matt’s artwork and meet him.

Read a portion of his artist statement below:

My current body of work is influenced by the subversive nature of sticker art culture and its roots in the social commentary of street art. Like sticker culture, my paintings include art historical and pop-culture imagery that I unapologetically rip off, alter, and repurpose to exploit generational attachments to nostalgia and construct romanticized narratives and recollections of self.

My paintings are stickered with visual fragments of memories to reconcile my present identity with past experiences associated with love, loss, betrayal, and mortality. Like social media personas, these fictional and nonfictional curations form personal mythology. As time passes, my ability to retain memories degrades due to chronic Lyme disease. I’m interested in the distortions within these personal narratives as memories of events grow less precise to the point of being totally false with each retrieval. To express this distortion, paintings are revisited and reinterpreted each year.”

Matthew Mogle was born in Illinois and earned his MFA from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art in 2004. Matthew’s paintings have been exhibited both nationally and internationally in galleries and museums. He was a project manager and engineer/draftsman for two nationally recognized custom fabrication companies in Chicago, IL where he designed everything from opera sets to museum interactives for clients across the country. He currently lives in Statesboro, GA, where he is an Assistant Professor and Foundations Director in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University.