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Merge Gallery - War: Humanity in the Crosshairs

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    Merge Gallery presents-- War:  Humanity in the Crosshairs    Opening Gallery Night and Day, July 23, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and July 24, 12noon – 4:00
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      Merge Gallery presents--
      War:  Humanity in the Crosshairs 
       
      Opening Gallery Night and Day, July 23, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and July 24, 12noon – 4:00 p.m., Merge Gallery (207 E. Buffalo, #204) presents “War:  Humanity in the Crosshairs,” a social statement installation by Valerie J. Christell and Tori Tasch.  Their artworks (photo collage, found objects and artist’s books) are collaboratively combined within an installation that transforms the space with symbols and objects of war that set context for their visual statements and physically engages viewers. 
       
      In connection with the celebration of the 4th of July this year, this installation explores war’s impact on humanity through images presenting the psychological and physical impact as well as individual and cultural memories.  Together, Christell and Tasch explore mental and physical spaces and equipment of war, past and present, which relate to family and friends involved in these conflicts.  Quotations from influential people as well as those with firsthand knowledge of war, in addition to objects and symbols of war, contextualize the works. 
       
      Christell presents the psychological and physical impact war has on the multiple people involved, beginning with soldiers and extending to their families and friends.  Her photo collages fuse layers of figures and environments with thoughts and emotions.  Some pieces integrate photographs taken from her son taken in Afghanistan. 
       
      Tasch is interested in the intersection of history and identity as well as the nuances of personal and cultural memory. Her work includes a series of double exposure photographs of Pearl Harbor and the Road to Hana, plus a series of prints inspired by pin-ups from the U.S.S. Bowfin.
       
      This ritual-based installation incorporates pressure valves, flags, sandbags, books and images to prompt new thoughts as well as memories.
       
       
       
      Hours:  Friday and Saturdays, 12noon – 4:00p.m. & By Appointment. 
      Contact:  Valerie J. Christell, Gallery Director/Artist  vjchristell@... 

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