After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Illustration in 1998, Shane Durgee spent years pursuing work in the fantasy and science fiction illustration market. He eventually shifted his focus to expressive work, earned an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, and currently works as an instructor and a Gallery Coordinator for the RIT's Bevier Gallery. Durgee describes his work "as a contemplation of how American identities are constructed during childhood through a matrix of outside influences dominated by mass media and consumerism." For him personally, nostalgic influences such as cartoons, video games, and album covers are abstracted, "mirroring the fog of memory," he says. A solo show of Durgee's paintings and digital collages, "Higher Plane Drifter," is on view this month at Geisel Gallery.
A reception for "Higher Plane Drifter" will be held Thursday, June 7, 6 to 8 p.m. at Geisel Gallery at Legacy Tower, One Bausch & Lomb Place. The show continues through June 29, and the gallery is accessible Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. thegeiselgallery.com.