In ArtForum Annie Buckley highly recommends Travis Somerville's show at Otis College of Art & Design. "Somerville’s work addresses the tangled knot of issues surrounding the history of race in America. Using such loaded images as a noose, hooded clansmen, and the Confederate flag in a self-consciously liberal way is laced with difficulties, yet Somerville takes such challenges on with gusto in a new exhibition, 'Dedicated to the Proposition.' Conceptualized as a contemporary response to Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address, the exhibition is fraught with aggressive images, including a sculpture of Lincoln’s head on a ball and chain, and assorted representations of people in blackface....
"The detail and care with which Somerville constructs each work, alongside the artist’s insistence that viewers consider complex and unresolved issues—including prejudice, post-Katrina New Orleans, urban blight, the conditions of migrant workers, and the treatment of Muslims in America after 9/11—create a charged and vital body of work." To check out a slide show of the exhibition, click here.
source: twocoatsofpaint - 11 Nov 2009
Otis Ben Maltz Gallery: Travis Somerville: Dedicated to the Proposition (11:40)
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