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East Islip\, NY: Islip Art Museum is pleased to present Flag Day\, curated by artist\, writer and independen t curator\, Janet Goleas. Flag Day will explore the way in which informatio n\, belief systems\, politics and identity are communicated through pennant s\, banners and flags as well as things that wave\, fly\, hang or fold like a flag\, things that relate to nationalism\, pride of place/gender/race/id eology or that celebrate events or mark a place or time. They might commemo rate an event\, celebrate a triumph or mourn the loss of a loved one. 

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Participating artists include Ivin Ballen\, Patrick Brennan\, M ary Carlson\, Amanda Church\, Michael Conrad\, Peter Dayton\, Carla Edwards \, Jameson Ellis\, Veronique Fischetti\, Joe Fyfe\, David Gamble\,William G raef\, Priscilla Heine\, Christopher K. Ho\, Darren Jones\, Stephen Maine\, Christa Maiwald\,Karyn Mannix\, Bobbi Mastrangelo\, Joe Nanashe\, Gabriell e Raacke\, Lynn Richardson\, John Salvest\, Matthew Satz\, Andrew Schoultz\ , Robert Seng\, Michael Solomon\, Rafael Vargas-Suarez\, Banks Violette\, R yan Wallace.

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An object that is designated as a flag -- whether n ational\, personal or ornamental -- is purposeful and symbolic. Like painti ng\, flags are rooted in the distinct conveyance of an idea. Since Betsy Ro ss stitched those first 13 stars into a circle\, there have been over 27 it erations of the American flag\, each one signifying a precise adjustment in meaning. From the patriotism of Childe Hassam to appropriation as in Jaspe r Johns' Flag and David Hammons' African American Flag to the fierce protes ts against Dread Scott for his 1989 installation at the Chicago Institute o f Art\, the flag -- graphic\, plastic and ripe with content - is an ongoing artist's muse.

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As the face o f a nation\, the flag itself - any flag\, in any country - can be a powerfu l tool for dissidence as well as patriotism. The solid green of Libya\; col or triunes used by Lithuania\, Thailand\, France\; the sleek graphics of Bo tswana\, Columbia\, Germany and club pennants\, banners\, markers\, nautica l flags and decals - each represent a concept that is as rich in imagery\, color and graphic design as it is in political\, personal or national conte nt.  In concept\, however\, flags are plastic. As a tool for communication they can function symbolically or literally\; they might adhere to a fixed pattern or be fluid in theory or philosophy or perhaps\, like painting itse lf\, they might serve as a statement of personal identity unrelated to poli tics. 

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Flag Day\, Islip Art Museum's Annual Invitational and Open Call\, will bring artists together in a convergence of ideas and interpretations from the painterly to the political\, the performative to the static\, the idea driven to the purely visual. 
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 Flag Day ope ns to the public on June 15th and will continue through September 4\, 2011. An artist's reception will take place on Sunday\, July 24\, from 1 - 4 p.m . For further information\, please call Islip Art Museum at 631-224-5402 or visit www.islipartmuseum.org

DTEND:20110904 DTSTAMP:20140918T000638 DTSTART:20110615 GEO:40.7351896;-73.198218 LOCATION:Islip Art Museum\,50 Irish Lane \nEast Islip\, NY 11730 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Flag Day\, Ivin Ballen\, Patrick Brennan\, Mary Carlson\, Amanda Ch urch\, Michael Conrad\, Peter Dayton\, Carla Edwards\, Jameson Ellis\, Vero nique Fischetti\, Joe Fyfe\, David Gamble\, William Graef\, Priscilla Heine \, Christopher K. Ho\, Darren Jones\, Stephen Maine\, Christa Maiwald\, Kar yn Mannix\, Bobbi Mastrangelo\, Joe Nanashe\, Gabrielle Raacke\, Lynn Richa rdson\, John Salvest\, Matthew Satz\, Andrew Schoultz\, Robert Seng\, Micha el Solomon\, Rafael Vargas-Suarez\, Banks Violette\, Ryan Wallace UID:166884 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR