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Home is where the heart is

Bob Morouney uses houses as metaphors in his exhibit of copperplate etchings, pandemonium diary.

Home is where the heart is
In Bob Morouney’s “voyage (2012),” a boat full of houses floats on the sea.

Bob Morouney's pandemonium diary is a delightful series that challenges the everyday assumptions of life. The artist uses the image of houses as metaphors for his interpretation of society and culture. His copperplate etchings, mostly black and white, are amusing and thought-provoking. There's the tongue-in-cheek humour in "strangers enemies friends," where the homes appear in the third frame with joined pathways and a river flowing under a bridge. There's the clever twist on meaning with works like "garden homes," where the homes grow underground with leaves shooting through the earth. There's the storytelling in "Le pays de la Sagouine," featuring the famous Acadian washerwoman scolding her fisherman husband. Morouney's true appeal is in the richness of his images. In "voyage," (pictured) a boat full of houses floats on the sea, moving from night into daylight. That's a trip worth taking.

To May 26, Mary E. Black Gallery, 1061 Marginal Road, 492-2522

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