The American Dream Ensemble
My “Revisionist Portraiture” series re-contextualizes historic images, placing child laborers into modern “advertising” simulations.
- American Pie, Freyberger Gallery Exhibitions, Penn State Berks, Reading, PA
- Unexpected, International Juried Exhibition, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
- Biennial National Juried Exhibition, Art Students League of Denver, Denver CO (merit award)
- Providence Art Club 2015 Nationwide All Media Open Juried Exhibition, Providence, RI
- Annual Juried Exhibit, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center Frederick MD
I find this ‘revisionist portraiture’ quite apropos in today’s consumer driven quest for the authentic, or genuine article. The image itself is actually disarming in that there is a tragic beauty to the child in his gritty surrounds. The softened sepia and cool grey tones romanticize his posture and remnants of physical toil. Of course the irony is exacerbated by the accompanying descriptions that wax poetic about refined fibers and frayed hems. The layout itself is also simply and elegantly designed. It would almost be funny if our collective sensibilities hadn’t already been dulled by continuous and limitless consumption at the expense of weaker economies. Therefore I believe it to be a bold piece that employs beauty in confronting a politicized subject head on.
—Kristen T. Woodward, Resident Curator & Professor of Art at Albright College