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Fleeting Beauty: Paintings by Matteo Neivert 

Having made something of a name for himself for assembling last summer's quirky Hybrid group expo, and for his own equally quirky ceramic sculpture (before Katrina took his kiln), Matteo Neivert this time around proffers some prettily orchidaceous paintings. And there is a kind of humidly tropical tumescence set forth in these swatches of pink and green populated by no end of exotic flora and fauna, some of it human. What's it all about? Neivert says, "The work explores my theory that humans separate themselves from nature in a stance of superiority. My paintings serve as lamentations for the parts of ourselves that are lost or ignored when we accept this assumption. I explore our lost identity. ... My goal is to blur the boundaries of 'human' and 'animal' to illustrate the link between primitive and civilized." -- D. Eric Bookhardt
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