The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public and take place in the Thompson Gallery of the Roe Art Building. Thompson Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Face coverings are required.
Friday, Nov. 5-Wednesday, Dec. 8
Reception: Thursday, Dec. 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
In Ancient Greece, groups of individuals would cover their faces, get drunk and parade around in celebration in what is known as a komos. This work is May’s masked, drunken procession of images that tell the story of the career of a powerful individual, who ultimately uses their authority for good. “Komos” uses cultural references, garden imagery, and traditional narrative devices to share this story in an abstruse manner.
“The details of the story are hidden,” said May, an assistant professor of art at Furman. “We don’t know things like the character’s name or ethnicity. Being vague with these details allows the concepts to be more ubiquitous. Specifics of the story are told metaphorically, for example, I use references like Persephone and Cerberus. It is assumed that these canonical stories are accessible to the viewer and suggest both the overpowering control of Cerberus and the anticipation of new life from Persephone,” May added.
May received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Ball State University. Upon graduation, he held several roles in a direct care capacity for children with special needs, young adults with criminal records, and adults with mental illnesses. He received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from Miami University (Ohio) and has since been teaching painting, drawing, foundations and capstone classes while maintaining an active exhibition record.