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San Francisco

Eli Ridgway Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Dark Americana
172 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


April 4th, 2009 - May 9th, 2009
Opening: 
April 4th, 2009 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 
And They Can No Longer Die; For They Are Like the Angels, Brendan LottBrendan Lott,
And They Can No Longer Die; For They Are Like the Angels,
2007, Oil on canvas, 27 x 36 inches
© Brendan Lott
Necessary Arrangements (It\'s Only Torture if They\'re Human), Charles BrowningCharles Browning,
Necessary Arrangements (It's Only Torture if They're Human),
2008, Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
© Charles Browning
Bombhead, Bruce ConnerBruce Conner, Bombhead,
1989/2002, Pigment on RC photo and Somerset paper, acrylic, 32 x 25 inches
© Magnolia Editions
Carry Ons, Jack DawsJack Daws, Carry Ons,
2005, Carved maple, 11 x 1.5 x 0.75 inches; 5 x 2.75 x 0.75 inches
© Jack Daws
Fragment Grenade, Charles KrafftCharles Krafft, Fragment Grenade,
2009, Hand painted and glazed earthenware, 5 x 2.5 x 2 inches
© Charles Krafft
Gay Heart Throbs No. 3 , Mike KucharMike Kuchar, Gay Heart Throbs No. 3 ,
1981, Acrylic on poster board, 28 x 20 inches
© Mike Kuchar
Classmates #1, Roger ShimomuraRoger Shimomura, Classmates #1,
2007, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches
© Roger Shimomura
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Dark Americana is a survey of 20 artist's concerns and responses to America's current and historical state of affairs.  In these artifacts of unique perspectives, we find an undercurrent of skepticism and criticism of cultural identity.  Although the artists in this exhibition are not unlike the Americans who feel a sense of hope for the future and frustration for the past, Dark Americana offers an opportunity to reflect on our nation's complex issues of politics, economics, war, race, technology, homelessness, homophobia, a romanticized Hollywood, inflated consumer markets, our utopian forefathers and religious fundamentalism.  With the recent changes in political leadership, Americans are reminded of a strong sense of responsibility towards American citizenship. Dark Americana helps us remember the past, come to terms with the present and prepare for the future.


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