Soldiers in Our Midst for Charles Swenson War Is Not Child's Play

September 29, 2014 2:33 PM

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Soldiers in Our Midst for Charles Swenson War Is Not Child's Play

Edgy, contemporary, poignant: For his current exhibition, Soldiers in Our Midst, artist Charles Swenson photographed toy soldiers then painted large portraits from the photos, calling to mind both classical portraiture and pop culture references to childhood. The resulting images are men who could be of any race or nationality, all serving their country, what ever place that might be. Given the current state of word affairs the show is very timely, though Swenson first began working on it over seven years ago. Along with paintings, he built two larger than life sculptures using various pieces of anything from Diet Coke cans to foam core, screen and wire to build out the form before finishing them with paper-mache, resin, gesso, and paint.

I think everyone I know is touched by the wars our country engages in, if not directly, through family and friends. I'd like to think that this show is helping in some small way to shine a light on that and, maybe not start a dialog, because it's already out there, but keep a dialog going about the ...

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