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Myles Calvert Art Feature at Cohen Gallery, Also Artist Talk in Binns-Merrill

Alfred University’s Cohen Gallery will host “Romancing the Toaster: Works by Myles Calvert,” with an opening reception from 6 to 8pm Friday, Jan. 27.

Calvert will deliver an artist talk at 4:30pm Feb. 2 in Binns C, Binns-Merrill Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

Myles Calvert was born in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. He attended the University of Guelph with a focus in printmaking and art history, before traveling to London, where he completed his MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art (University for the Arts, London). Major bodies of work included mass installations of screen printed toast and the idolization of popular British celebrity.

Calvert's work explores the relationships that develop between everyday objects and popular culture references. Following the ideals of Romanticism, emphasis is given to an individual experience of emotion. A moment of spontaneity allows for humor and a subtle twist to avoid an overwhelming glorifications of the past through objects of the mundane. His influences are heavily drawn from contemporary and modern printmakers such as Richard Hamilton, René Magritte, and the self-promoting antics of the YBA (Young British Artist) culture.