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Patrick Fatica and Baby BlueStar present Hammers and Lambs, a progressive party integrating an art opening, dinner and original performance

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Another example of these artists reaching outside their comfort zones: This is the first time Fatica has “sat down with an idea for an entire show” as opposed to creating one-off canvases. It’s also his first foray away from small-scale oil paintings to super-sized pastels, resulting in a “bigger and more expressive” feel. What will remain familiar are his depictions of strong yet vulnerable women against a wilderness background, accessorized here with animal-skin hoods (which were reproduced as stage costumes by Jesse LeNoir) and implements of destruction.

The imagery in these eight paintings, along with an accompanying parable about a shepherd who wounds his lamb to keep her from wandering, invokes issues of domestic abuse and feminine empowerment, as filtered through a fantasy universe. I was reminded of the messy-but-mesmerizing Zack Snyder movie Sucker Punch, while Fatica cited Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a formative influence.

The portrait subjects’ deeply expressive eyes, dripping with viscous eyeliner, speak to a secret back story that Fatica knows, but is keeping to himself.

“It’s not important for the viewer to know what my back story is, it’s up to them to create their own back story. … I try really hard not to put the idea into people’s head of exactly what you’re supposed to be seeing,” says Fatica. “Part of the fun is interpreting yourself.”

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