El Día de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is not, as is commonly thought, a Mexican version of Halloween, though the two holidays do share some traditions, including costumes and parades. On the Day of the Dead, it’s believed that the border between the spirit world and the real world dissolves.
To celebrate this colorful holiday we are hosting Denis Defibaugh’s Day of the Dead photographic exhibition which has toured nationally. Additionally, Richard Harvey’s sculptures and paintings will be
About Denis Defibaugh
Denis Defibaugh is a Rochester, New York based photographer and professor at Rochester
Institute of Technology for more than 30 years. His photographic projects include explorations of Oaxaca, Mexico’s The Day of the Dead, extinct species in Afterlifes of Natural History, and Tlacotalpan, Mexico’s Candelaria Festival.
About Richard Harvey
Richard Harvey earned a BFA in Communication Design with a Fine Art Minor from RIT in 1972 and later took graduate work in fine art digital imaging. His fine art pursuits continued alongside a career in graphic design during which he enjoyed a twenty year representation by the Austin-Harvard Gallery in Pittsford NY. The interplay of graphics and fine art remain very evident in much of his work.
The subject matter of Richard Harvey’s mixed media work is predominantly human faces or full figures that tend to portray deeply expressive, even haunting, emotional imagery. This quality is also evident in his ruggedly carved, contemporary primal sculpture, which is inspired by tribal masks, rituals and ancient artifacts.
Though the human figure is a constant theme, experimentation in process is a driving force in his work and he thrives on trying a variety of approaches, including the use of encaustic wax, metal sculpture, and imported digital images such as graffiti.