October 17, 2006
Artist's Images Explore Consequences of Weapons and War
Artist David Brodeur, an associate professor of graphic design at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, creates images that bridge the space between the worlds of graphic design and art and initiate dialogue about social and political issues.
Brodeur's works will be featured in an exhibit, "Lubricating the War Machine," Nov.7-Dec. 8 in the Koehler Gallery at Whitworth College. The gallery is located in the Whitworth Fine Arts Building and is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
An opening reception will take place Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Brodeur will discuss his work and lead a question-and-answer session at 7 p.m., at the conclusion of the reception. Admission to all events is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.
"It is my intention as a visual artist to educate and initiate conversation about social and political issues," Brodeur says. "The content of this work focuses on the technology of modern weapons and warfare, as well as on their resulting devastation and humanitarian consequences."
Brodeur builds his images using digital-imaging software and then prints them with the latest inkjet technology. He sometimes uses a handmade printing approach for outputting his creations.
"Brodeur's craftsmanship and attention to detail are evident in all of his work; his large-scale installations are powerful because they pile up slick, beautiful, disturbing and dangerous imagery in a way that both attracts and repulses the thoughtful viewer," says Whitworth Associate Professor of Art Scott Kolbo. "In the end, the work appropriates the language of advertising and design and questions the way we package and sell ideas about war, politics, violence, nationalism and masculinity."
While at Whitworth, Brodeur will conduct a short-term residency during which he will speak to art classes, as well as meet with art students and critique their work.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Scott Kolbo, associate professor of art and gallery director, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or email@example.com.