ALL'S FAIR IN ART AND WAR: ENVISIONING CONFLICTWorks from the Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown Collection
William Morrow (Director)
21C Museum (Louisville, Kentucky)
01. October 2008
|Artists are the visual, verbal, and audio guardians of our collective consciousness. For example, few can remember the politics or history of 18th century Europe, but the music of Mozart and the paintings of Watteau continue to be a source of inspiration. We might not always like the message, but it is artists that distil the essence of an era. They serve as thoughtful messengers to a sometimes unperceptive present but an often receptive future.
— Robert Flynn Johnson
Gottfried Helnwein Catalogue for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
| In our increasingly global community it is not a surprise that the art of our time is engaged with nuances of political discourse. Much of politics is concerned with the relationship of social and collective behavior which often becomes inspiration for contemporary art.
Not bound to partisan perspectives or conventional aesthetics, the artists in this exhibition exemplify the freedom and independence artists share that allow them to provoke thought by any means necessary. Confronted with the thousands of toy soldiers that make up Dave Cole's Memorial Flag, one can't help but question the meaning of the flag and its symbolism in America today. Or when the viewer steps through the menacing gates of Homeland Security by Jota Castro, he or she becomes a participant and is challenged to question the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. Tin-Kin Hung takes a less subjective point of view of American politics when he casts the familiar faces of politicians in his satirical animation. Ironically by reducing the seriousness of global warming or the 2008 Presidential Election to cartoon animation, Hung is able to bring to the forefront the absurdities often overlooked in mainstream politics.
|All's Fair in Art and War:
October 2008 – January 2009
street level gallery
21C Museum and
International Contemporary Art Foundation
|700 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
|Untitled (Modern Sleep) 2005
199 cm x 132 cm
oil and acrylic on canvas
International Contemporary Art Foundation, , Louisville, Kentucky
Exhibited Works* Gottfried Helnwein (Austrian), Untitled (Portrait of Child), 2005. Oil and acrylic on canvas.
* Olivier Blanckart (French), AlinSallal Abu Ghraib, 2006. PVC tape, craft paper, polyurethane coated custom silkscreen paint.
* Olivier Blanckart (French), Post-production (Kim), 2006. PVC tape, craft paper, polyurethane coated custom silkscreen paint.
* Olivier Blanckart (French), The Remix Saigon (Saigon-Saitama), 1998. Scotch tape, craft paper, cardboard.
* Jota Castro (Peruvian), Homeland Security, 2008. Steel, razor wire.
* Dave Cole (American), Memorial Flag, 2005. Acrylic on panel with mixed media.
* Alain Declercq (French), Gun Safe, 2008. Adapted gun safe.
* Al Farrow (American), Study for a Mosque Reliquary, 2001. Guns, bullets, 24k gold, steel.
* Claire Fontaine (French), Untitled (Identity, Sovereignty, and Tradition), 2007. Flags, flag poles, fittings and dust.
* Shayne Hull (American), McCain (Hesitation), 2008. Enamel on panel.
* Shayne Hull (American), Obama (The Joker), 2008. Enamel on panel.
* Kenneth Tin Kin Hung (Chinese), Because Washington is Hollywood for Ugly People, 2006-7. Single channel video with sound, running time 7:38 minutes.
* Kenneth Tin Kin Hung (Chinese), Gas Zappers, 2007. Single channel video with sound, running time 5:00 minutes.
* Fay Ku (Taiwanese), Return to Camp (from the War Series), 2006. Graphite on gray paper.
* Fay Ku (Taiwanese), Snared (from the War Series), 2006. Graphite on gray paper.
* Fay Ku (Taiwanese), Tiger Forest II (from the War Series), 2006. Graphite on gray paper.
* Rachel Ann Mason (American), The Ambassadors, 2006. Porcelain, painted political figures.
* Bruno Peinado (French), Untitled, ErRorschach Test, 2005. Black vinyl.
* Miguel Angel Rojas (Colombian), Caqueta, 2007. Single channel video, running time 7:38 minutes.
* Jose Toirac (Cuban), Fidel con Nina (Gray Series), 2004. Oil on canvas.
* Jose Toirac (Cuban), A Brief History of Cuba as Told by Other Things #7: Bayer, 2001. Oil on canvas.
* Jose Toirac (Cuban), A Brief History of Cuba as Told by Other Things #8: Apple, 2001. Oil on canvas.
* Jose Toirac (Cuban), A Brief History of Cuba as Told by Other Things #10: Pioneer, 2001. Oil on canvas.