Sleight of Hand explores the complications of memory and the processes of registering history.
Angela Pryor's paintings feature a protagonist of a tragic story: fifteen-year-old Betina Tarnopolsky, one of Argentina's many "disappeared" who was kidnapped with her family during the military coup in the seventies.
The artist poetically imagines and renders a history for Betina that questions injustice, hierarchy and exclusion. Several paintings in her vibrant magical realist style inject Betina into dominant art histories and cultural mythologies; others record an imagined life had she lived.
Pryor, born in Texas and who now lives in Northern California, grew up in Argentina during these times. Her own memory also undergoes transformations.
In his exhibition, MILLENNIAL ELEGY, socially-engaged artist Jack Leamy depicts a culture still steeped in perpetual warfare set against the aspirations and hopes of a new millennium.