Bisese exhibit opening Jan. 16 at Fine Art Museum

Ed Bisese, Self-Portrait, (nd), photo collage, courtesy of the artist

Ed Bisese, Self-Portrait, (nd), photo collage, courtesy of the artist

An exhibit of work by Edward J. Bisese titled “Good Thoughts Better” will open at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University with an artist talk and reception on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Bisese’s ArtTalk will begin at 5 p.m. in Room 130 of the John W Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and will be followed at 6 p.m. by a reception in the museum’s Star Atrium. The exhibit, which will be open through the end of March, as well as the talk and the reception are free and open to the public.

Bisese’s paintings, drawings and objects in “Good Thoughts Better” are characterized as celebrating the beautiful and the grotesque, mixing skewed realities with real events. His subjects include Hawaiian kings and hula dancers, human-formed bunnies and other creatures of varying shapes and sizes, three-armed silhouetted migrant workers, dream sequences, word play and acutely observed portraitures.

A resident of College Park, Md., Bisese paints and draws on unstretched canvas, wood panels of various shapes, paper, vinyl records and postcards.

WCU’s Fine Art Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Museum admission and parking, available on both sides of the Bardo Arts Center, are free.

For more information, visit fineartmuseum.wcu.edu online or call 828-227-3591.