Work by Ray Zovar and Mark Pflughoeft

Polorization - Division Series

Ray Zovar and Mark Pflughoeft will be showing Polorization - Division Series, at the Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison, WI, from Sept. 8 - Nov. 29, 2015 with a reception Friday, October 2, 6:00-8:00pm. They created the pieces in this exhibit in response to their perceptions of society’s increasingly divided social, economic, political and religious climate. The two, who had been friends for over 20 years, each embarked on a separate series of paintings around 2011 dealing with a seemingly polarized society.
Without collaborating, the two used their painting processes as an attempt to reconcile and express emotions experienced from a society being pulled apart. Although both men started with similar themes about the same time, each started their series unbeknownst to one another until a few years later after most of their paintings were completed, each taking a unique conceptual and visual direction. At one point Pflughoeft found himself so agitated while creating the conflicted imagery that he found it hard to justify continuing. But then came a breakthrough - once he examined the situation he found the exact same intolerance and negativity within himself that he projected onto his own “adversaries”. With this shift, came a compassionate view that changed the emotional tone of the paintings. They became more light and playful in regards to the very different vantage points that can arise in the world today. You can bring your own perspective on polarization and explore these works at the Overture Center.

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