Catapult Exhibit ‘Rite’ Explores Personal Relationships

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Southeast Missouri State University’s Catapult Creative House will hold its final spring season Student Artist of the Month exhibition titled “Rite” featuring the work of Southeast student artist Brendan McGraw.

The exhibition will run through the month of August on the second floor of Catapult Creative House, 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. A reception will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 7.

Through his exhibition, McGraw, a junior digital arts major from Imperial, Missouri, transports the viewer into a scene where the seemingly disparate topics of love, passion, fear, religion and sexuality are analyzed. McGraw debates the relationship between physical and emotional intimacy while simultaneously incorporating the influences of society and religion.

As the exhibition tends to lean towards themes with more gravitas, “Rite” invites the viewer into a realm of ritualistic hedonism with its darker undertones. While conveying the sense of regality and divinity that comes from the intimacy of physical and emotional vulnerability, McGraw also explores the themes of anguish and abuse through symbolism that present the power and pressures of intimate relationships.

Each month and as a part of a program to promote community-based and integrated art making, a student artist is chosen to exhibit his or her work at Catapult Creative House’s Student Studio Gallery. These exhibitions showcase a range of work from individual artists that highlights their personal and professional artistic explorations as a part of the southeast Missouri art community. These artists explore the physicality of the human condition, its relationship to nature, and the role of art in contemporary society. In addition to the exhibition, visitors are welcome to tour the studio spaces, view ongoing projects and engage with the artists.

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