Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pick of the Day: Shannon Clark's Power War Death at Zeitgeist

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 4:40 AM

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Shannon Clark's Power War Death at Zeitgeist
When: Opening reception tonight, 5-8 p.m. Through August 27
Where: Zeitgeist Gallery

I imagine the most popular results for a Google image search of the terms “power,” “war” and “death” would be heavy metal album covers: demons whipping other demons with chains, bloody pentagrams, skeletons with a scythe in one hand making the sign of the horns with the other. But the images from the upcoming exhibit at Zeitgeist, which opens tonight as part of the Hillsboro Village Art Walk, are less demonic and more culturally relevant.

Artist Shannon Clark is currently an adjunct professor at Belmont University and Watkins College of Art and Design, and her idea-based project Power War Death began with an Internet search for those same words. Images include a simple snapshot of a severely malnourished horse, a closeup of a handgun with a prominently featured pricetag, and a photograph of an American flag that’s been altered to an angry red, bringing to mind an illustration from the kind of political mass emails you get from your conspiracy theorist uncle. The exhibit will present the results of her searches in “image clouds” that are arranged without hierarchical order. The work should start lively conversations among gallery-goers, which is one of the most significant functions of good contemporary art.

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