‘War and Peace'
“At the approach of danger there are always two voices that speak with equal force in the heart of man: one very reasonably tells the man to consider the nature of the danger and the means of avoiding it; the other even more reasonably says that it is too painful and harassing to think of the danger, since it is not a man's power to provide for everything and escape from the general march of events; and that it is therefore better to turn aside from the painful subject till it has come, and to think of what is pleasant. In solitude, a man generally yields to the first voice; in society, to the second.”
-Leo Tolstoy, from “War and Peace”
Kingfield artist Camille Gage is teaming up with fellow Southwest painter Kate Pabst to present “War and Peace,” a new exhibit of their work now on display at Rosalux Gallery, 1011 Washington Ave. S.
Gage has altered powerful and disturbing images taken by military photographers of caskets containing the bodies of American soldiers killed in Iraq. She's amended them with paint, text and a collage of related imagery.
“I was inspired to do this particular show because of the fact that the administration was suppressing information and images from the war,” Gage said. “This show specifically deals with casualties arriving at Dover Air Force Base [in Delaware]. I think free access to that kind of information and imagery helps to shape the public consciousness about the war. How you decide if you support or don't support something if you don't know everything about it?”
She said she got the photos from Russ Kick, the owner of www.memoryhole
.org, a Web site using Freedom of Information Act requests to procure information from the federal government.
Said Gage, “I downloaded files from that Web site and went through and looked at these images, which is a very sobering thing to do, and then altered them using black acrylic paint, just to remind people that this is what the government is doing.”
Gage covers the backgrounds in the images, forcing the viewer's eyes to focus on the flag-draped containers carrying the remains of the soldiers.
The new show is a dramatic departure from the work Gage has been producing the past few years.
“Probably the last five or six years, I've spent a lot of time doing work that has been introspective. But I really am pleased with this series of paintings for Rosalux. I think it's important for people to weigh in.”
Pabst's work lends an element of controlled frenzy to the show. The Uptown artist's painting, “War and Peace” evokes bombs and bouquets going off, showering a gray, churning world of smoke and fog with death and flowers.
The exhibition is open now through Nov. 30. The artists host a reception on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The gallery is open Tuesday-Thursday, noon- 8 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rosaluxgallery.com.
The other white meat
He doesn't ask that you understand his name. He doesn't expect you to throw underwear or bras in his direction. After all, he's a portly, middle-aged guy named after swine. All he asks is that you dance and have a good time when he and his band come to town.
Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs play what Bacon calls Tex-Mex-blues-abilly gospel and they play it with passion and fun. The group has been touring incessantly - playing over 200 gigs a year - for 20 years, making high friends in low places. They've collaborated with Joe Walsh, the late Doug Sahm (who covered The Pigs' “Una Mas Cerveza”), Dave Alvin, Country Dick Montana, Mojo Nixon and other demented ne'er do wells.
Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs play Famous Dave's, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. It's just three bucks to get in and get down.
University of Minnesota professor and Minneapolis resident Clarence Morgan unveils seven new prints in his “Interrupted Universe” show at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 2638 Lyndale Ave. S., now through Nov. 22.
The works were completed at Highpoint in collaboration with master printer Cole Rogers.
The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment. Call 871-1326 or visit www.highpointprintmaking.org for more information.
‘I want to be a machine'
He mimicked, mocked and reflected the times in which he flourished. Andy Warhol took the banal repetition of a celebrity- and brand-name-obsessed culture and elevated it, or lowered the rest of us, helping to spawn the pop art movement.
The Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. S., will show “Warhol/Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962-1964” from Sunday, Nov. 13 to Feb. 26.The exhibit's 26 paintings featuring images of Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, as well as those of murderers, car wrecks and electric chairs.
The show opens on Saturday, Nov. 12 with a reception featuring the music of Edie Sedwick in the Gallery 8 Caf and a screening of Warhol's 1963 black and white silent film “Kiss” in the Cinema.
Call 375-7600 or visit www.walkerart.org for more information.