MARQUEE PROJECTS is pleased to present Flag Me Down, Pick Me Up, a group exhibition featuring recent artworks by Lisa Blas, Tyler Healy and Paul Weiner. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, November 30th from 6pm to 8pm.
The artists brought together in this show will exhibit artworks that share a common interest in the use of the American flag. In this time of division, it's hard to imagine what encapsulates our nation in the flag. Flags, in general, have much to do with traditional tribal tendencies and notions of identity- the idea of us versus them. But in todays heated political climate it's us versus us with some parties trying to claim their allegiance to the American flag stronger than others. This exhibition hopes to bring about greater dialogue on what role the American flag now plays - can we pick up the pieces, strive to reduce conflict and promote a greater sense of unity, peace and equality?
Lisa Blas acknowledges that the American flag exists in the simultaneous space of private, material culture and public, national treasure. Postcard stands, souvenir shops, tourist venues, front porches and the lobbies of buildings host the flag, to be seen, found and consumed. Her work begins by folding this ubiquitous sign into ephemeral still life arrangements that serve as the departure for paintings, collages and photographs. When the flag is layered in such a manner, visual fragments remain -- indicating spaces of repetition and re-distribution. Notions of heritage, history and belonging form and re-form themselves. A marker of collective identity, the American flag becomes a site where multiple subjectivities can oscillate within a field of abstraction.
Tyler Healy The American flag's iconography, often charged politically, socio-historically, and economically, is confronted by inherent environmental representations of our time. The resulting layered iconography informs one another in that they are directly influenced by those entities the flag symbolizes and represents. Respect to the history, design, meaning, laws and or codes of the American flag continue to create an emotional importance in modern culture.
Paul Weiner Weiner's primary focus is a form of abstract painting that is imbued with political and social meaning, simultaneously riffing on neo-expressionism and post-conceptual painting. He is also a conceptual sculptor. Many of Weiner's recent works grapple with America's contemporary identity and history, generating abstract, obscured, and distressed representations of a culture in flux. Weiner's paintings contain a library of symbols that refer to the American flag, art history, cultural hybridity, sports, folk history, the legal system, and the military industrial complex.
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