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The Last Charge

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Standard for the Last Charge, 2010 Linen, Paint, Fringe 70 X 35 Inches © Bean Gilsdorf
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The Last Charge

3520 20th St.
Suite B
San Francisco, CA 94110
January 22nd, 2011 - February 27th, 2011
Opening: January 22nd, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.missioncomicsandart.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Mission
EMAIL:  
missioncomicsandart@gmail.com
PHONE:  
415-695-1545
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue - Sun 12-8pm

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Mission: comics & Art presents: The Last Charge by Bean Gilsdorf

"Historical accounts often unfold gracefully in the "one damn thing after another" fashion of conventional timelines; yet the actual events on which they are based overlap, pile up, obscure, and distort. The study of history may be a search for clarity, but in the end what we have is less of a tidy explanation than a melee of names, dates, and costumes, with some blood splashed around for effect. Perhaps the most trenchant commentary on history comes from Ambrose Bierce, who describes it as, "…an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools."

Recently, I've been using imagery from the Civil War as a way to approach the glut of information that complicates a clear view of the past. The Civil War was the first conflict to be documented by traditional forms such as printing and painting, and also by the emerging technology of the photograph. As such, it represents a blend of fact and fiction---tall tales, first-person stories, and propaganda all manufactured and presented as the true account---that correlates to the construction of history from its inception right up to our present age."