Deb Sokolow / MATRIX 166
Some concerns about the candidate
February 7 – June 30, 2013

Based in drawing and storytelling, Sokolow takes a comic book approach to her art as if pulling the pages out of the book and spreading the outrageous and complex tales across the walls of a gallery. With the Presidential election in mind, for her site-specific MATRIX project, Sokolow creates Some concerns about the candidate. Told through the eyes of a campaign worker—specifically, “you,” implicating the viewer in the story—the narrator becomes increasingly concerned about the behavior of the persuasive candidate, as well as the questionable tactics being employed by a crafty campaign consultant in order to secure a win in the upcoming U.S. Congressional election.

Sokolow’s paranoid tales are always based in well-researched facts and expanded by a wild imagination. The fictional story takes place on a campaign stop in Hartford, following in the footsteps of major political leaders like Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy. The candidate—Jim Jones—is based on the real-life People’s Temple cult leader known for his power of manipulation over California politicians in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as mind control tactics used on his followers. Also, the fictional magician of a campaign consultant―David Copperfield―is loosely based on the real-life master illusionist. Although a commentary on politics, Some Concerns is primarily an exploration into human nature and the cult of personality.



First Thursday – February 7, 2013, 5-8pm

Join us for the opening of Deb Sokolow / MATRIX 166! Listen to world music by Mikata, try your hand at a cartoon with nationally renowned Hartford cartoonist Joe Young, take a tour with artist Deb Sokolow, enjoy fashions from Stackpole’s & Tuesday’s, join Chef Wheeler Del Toro for a cooking demo and tasting (seating limited), sample beer with a free tasting by the Olde Burnside Brewing Company, and watch the thriller Skyfall. The Museum Café will be open for dinner (reservations recommended). $5; free for members and students with ID. Wear RED and get in free.

Second Saturdays for Families: Mysterious Stories – April 13, 2013, 10am-1pm

Free admission. Art can inspire mysterious stories! Enter the world of MATRIX 166 artist Deb Sokolow’s work and create stories based on art. Meet the MATRIX artist and be prepared for magic throughout the entire morning by Brian Miller Magic. Stop in our Auerbach Art Library to see more artist books, take a family tour, and listen to live music by André Balazs and Dennis Fancher.


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