Battlefield Set to Open at A&H - Maitland Art Center on June 6, 2014

New exhibition chronicles conflict from a variety of perspectives.

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By Kevin Haran

The goal of any art exhibition is to make you think and this exhibition will certainly create a rich context in which to consider the themes of war and conflict.

Maitland, Florida (PRWEB) May 03, 2014

Far from the bullets flying, far from the roadside bombs exploding, far from the savagery of conflict, the home front feels very little like the home front of days past. Rationing, rallying, even protesting that typified the civilian reaction to war in the United States has given way to, well, not much at all. After over a decade of war, Iraq and Afghanistan are barely a conversation starter.

Through its newest exhibition, Battlefield, Art & History Museums – Maitland hopes to start that dialogue. Opening June 6, 2014, the exhibition will present perspectives on conflict through the eyes of several artists, including:

  •     The drawings of A&H – Maitland Art Center Founder Andre Smith, himself a commissioned artist in World War One.
  •     Local artist and UCF professor Kevin Haran who will exhibit cardboard structures of iconic wartime implements made out of commercial items featuring popular cultural references.
  •     Steven S. Gregory, whose work features a derivation of assemblage, will display the more violent and conceptual notions of conflict.
  •     Ellen Susan of Savannah, Georgia, whose Soldier Portraits series consists of portraits of today’s soldiers using the wet plate process of photography used during the Civil War.

Though the exhibition makes a statement about war and conflict, the exhibition should not be mistaken for a political statement according to A&H’s CEO and Executive Director Andrea Bailey Cox. “The goal of any art exhibition is to make you think and this exhibition will certainly create a rich context in which to consider the themes of war and conflict.” According to Cox, the diversity of the work will be what truly defines the exhibition. “Whether you’re looking at Kevin’s sculptures and connecting with his view on commercialism in conflict or looking into the eyes of the soldiers in Ellen’s portraits, something in this exhibition will speak to you. The conclusion you draw from there will be up to you.”

Battlefield will be exhibiting at A&H – Maitland Art Center from June 6 through August 10. It is part of a larger “conceptual” exhibition that marries the concept of conflict into many of the A&H’s museums. For more information, please visit artandhistory.org/summer-exhibitions or call 407.539.2181.


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