From Darkness

by Josh Cragun

May 16, 2015 - June 14, 2015

From the darkness, a face appears. Lit from within, rendered in oil, charged with mystery and vitality, captivating. Destined to be hung in the most prestigious gallery, admired by millions, discussed, revered, a priceless treasure.

And from the darkness, the voice of the master forger: Look closely, for it is mine.

nimbus explores the turbulent world of the artists and thinkers who would herald abstract expressionism in late 20th century New York. While in their midst, a talent surpassing them all is overlooked, marginalized, exiled. Seemingly forced to bend his skill to the task of recreating a masterwork from another era.

Art historian Max Friedlander said “It is indeed an error to collect a forgery, but it is a sin to stamp a genuine piece with the seal of falsehood.” What do we value, and who? When does art become artifice? Who decides? And what genuine, if unforeseen, changes will cascade from the swirls of the master forger’s brush?

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Dramatis Personae

Director Josh Cragun
Stage Manager Alyssa Thompson
Costume Design Andrea M Gross
Lighting Design Brent Anderson
Master Forger Ursula K. Bowden
Property Design Sarah Salisbury
Sound Design Jacob M. Davis
Video Design Caitlin Hammel
Stanley Mansfield Nicholas Nelson
Samuel Mansfield Zach Morgan
George Drexel Art Peden
Lucas Meyer Ethan Bjelland
Charlie Johnson Mitchell Frazier
Katarina Dempsey Heidi Berg
Isabelle Kinsey Tara Lucchino
Teresa Mitner Cynthia Hornbeck
Sebastian Granger Ethan Bjelland
Lee Krasner Tara Lucchino
Willem de Kooning Ethan Bjelland
Jackson Pollack Zach Morgan
Betty Parsons Heidi Berg
Helen Frankenthaler Cynthia Hornbeck