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Archive > Troy Argyros, Cultural Entomology (Smallworks 2013 Prize Winner)

23 May - 5 June 2014

The works in this show explore particular cultural practices through the objects which denote their meaning, such as the Greek and Middle Eastern tradition of warding away ill will with the evil eye. The delicately rendered paintings present these items in a manner which maintains their intimacy yet elevates them to a status of significance. Many of these pieces are Trompe l'oeil still lifes, and the objects depicted form the motif of insects (and other creatures) pinned to boards, as in the practice of entomology.