AXOM Gallery, 176 Anderson Ave., Rochester, will exhibit “Curious Curio” by digital artist Marcus Conge on Sept. 22-Nov. 4.
Conge will explore the new media of computer-generated image making simultaneously with the exploration of his inner psyche.
“While a heightened state of discomfort isn’t for everyone, it’s all I know,” Conge said. “I need those conditions to survive. They keep me from being satisfied with the work I did a year ago and the work I’ll do tomorrow.”
While Conge’s work is created from his own deep thoughts, emotions, secrets and imaginings, he encourages outside critique and interpretation. He said he holds in high regard what is informed by the viewers’ unique personal experiences.
Conge, of Irondequoit, has been a freelance digital artist since 1992. He taught at his alma mater, Rochester Institute of Technology, in 1997-2002 as an adjunct professor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in industrial design.
Conge’s artistic style and worldview are inspired by Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he lived at age 6 and continues to visit. He lived most of his life in the Greater Rochester region.
“When I’m struck by inspiration, I run with it,” Conge said. “When I’m short on inspiration, I find it in the everyday. More specifically, it finds me as I practice the disciplined task of creating work every day — work that gives visual expression to the feelings and situations I grapple with on a regular basis.”
The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. AXOM will host an opening artist reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22.
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