The Gallery at Chapin presents paintings and masks by Gregory Hengesbaugh in an exhibition entitled “Pleasing Decay” from Sept. 11 through Oct. 5. The opening for the public will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Chapin School is located at 4101 Princeton Pike, Princeton. The exhibit can also be viewed during school hours by appointment by calling 609-924-7206.

Hengebaugh has had numerous exhibitions and selected collections in many locations such as New Jersey, New York, Florida, and Tokyo. A statement from the artist:

“I’m after the soul of the commonest of objects: road-flattened metal, wood, plastic detritus that, when combined with paint, speaks to the ethical decay and ecological poison of the day. But in a good way! My ambition first and foremost is beauty. Beauty for a world inured to tragedy. I think “nature” and “man-made” are an unnecessary, even false opposition, and my intent is to glamorize our descent – glum, neutered, and techno-crazy – into a future of pleasing decay.

“I’ve been an artist since I was a child fascinated by found objects. Fortunately, even though I was young, my parents provided studio space for me to put my collections in order and to good use. Later I attended Pratt Institute, where I majored in sculpture. My enthusiasm for discarded things has not diminished over time and have been a continual source of inspiration.”

For information, contact Wendy Erdmann, gallery curator, at werdmann@chapinschool.org.