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Dark Americana

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Lott_andthecannolongerdie
And They Can No Longer Die; For They Are Like the Angels, 2007 Oil on Canvas 27 X 36 Inches © Brendan Lott
Browning
Necessary Arrangements (It's Only Torture if They're Human), 2008 Oil on Canvas 24 X 30 Inches © Charles Browning
Conner_bombhead
Bombhead, 1989/2002 Pigment on RC Photo and Somerset Paper, Acrylic 32 X 25 Inches © Magnolia Editions
Daws_carry_ons
Carry Ons, 2005 Carved Maple 11 X 1.5 X 0.75 Inches; 5 X 2.75 X 0.75 Inches © Jack Daws
Krafft_granade
Fragment Grenade, 2009 Hand Painted and Glazed Earthenware 5 X 2.5 X 2 Inches © Charles Krafft
Kucharm_gayheartthrobs03_1981
Gay Heart Throbs No. 3 , 1981 Acrylic on Poster Board 28 X 20 Inches © Mike Kuchar
Shimomura_classmates
Classmates #1, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 24 X 36 Inches © Roger Shimomura
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

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.eliridgway.com/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
SOMA
EMAIL:  
info@eliridgway.com
PHONE:  
415.777.1366
OPEN HOURS:  
Tues - Sat, 11am - 6pm
TAGS:  
photography, digital, video-art, conceptual, realism, pop, surrealism, figurative, sculpture
COST:  
Admission to the gallery is always free

DESCRIPTION

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.