Tony James
New Work by Monique Crine

Opening Reception Friday, December 9th, from 6 to 9 pm

The exhibit runs December 9th through January 14th, 2012
also open for First Friday January 6th, from 6 to 9 pm

Anyone familiar with American Westerns will find the depictions in Monique Crine’s “Tony James” oddly familiar. Crine make use of certain tropes within the North American popular imagination, particularly those images of the West we have received through films such as John Ford’s The Searchers, or Martin Ritt’s 1963 film, Hud.

In the paintings Crine produced for this series we see Tony, a young soldier who has just returned from Iraq, spending his time in fleeting pleasures - a beer in hand, smoking a cigarette, the passing light of an afternoon sun. He doesn’t look like he’s enjoying himself. He looks nervous, sour, and sad. Given our current economic crisis and the American wars abroad, these moments of leisurely consumption can be read as reminders that the forms of freedom this Marlboro Man once represented now contain as much substance and promise as the glare of sunlight on a camera lens, or a passing cloud of exhaled smoke.

For an essay By Anthony Graves on the work in Tony James please check the Ironton blog.
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