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Phil La Borie | Apparent Realities

March 6 – April 22, 2018 | opening reception Tuesday, March 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Garden City writer and illustrator Phil La Borie first became interested in apparent realities years ago when he learned of an 18th-century argument between Irish philosopher Bishop George Berkeley (1685 – 1783) and English writer Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784). Berkeley held that reality was something that existed only in our minds, while Johnson argued that all human knowledge is based on experience. Regardless of what side of the argument one agrees with, La Borie recognizes that there are interesting and humorous opportunities for artistic expression to illustrate this and like controversies. After 50 years of art-making, La Borie continually returns to this fundamental argument about the nature of reality and how that translates into art. This exhibition consists of hand-drawn illustrations of apparent contradictions and confusing phenomena that will make you think and, hopefully, laugh!

the work:


Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.