I, A Stranger exhibition at Haley-Henman Gallery, 422 Singleton Blvd. His paintings are adapted from photography: his own, that of artist Kristen Giles and from collected social media images. There’s an air of familiarity about the subjects; you know them, but you don’t. The splashes of color and abstractions West uses to frame his subjects play with our perception of them, setting them apart while asking us to consider our common connections and identities. Experience West’s affecting portraiture during the opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3, or from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays until July 8.
There are moments in life when your mind argues with you. Do I know that person? You think you recognize him or her, that you’ve interacted before, that maybe you’re friends on Facebook? But the person is appearing out of context, in an unexpected place, so you can’t place him or her. That’s how it feels to look at Joshua West’s