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War, Pop Culture, and the American Way

National Image art exhibition captures U.S. contemporary culture (slide show)

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“I was raised by television,” says pop culture artist Jason Chase (CFA’03). This influence is apparent in his large-scale paintings of household products, strip malls, and fast food chains, which cue the viewer’s attention to the pervasiveness of pop culture and the way it defines American culture.    

One of Chase’s paintings, Billions and Billions Served (2006), will be on display at National Image, a special exhibition sponsored by the Boston University College of Fine Arts that explores interpretations of American cultural ideologies within the context of the current political climate. Through paintings, photographs, sculptures, and personal narratives, the participating artists — Meryl Blinder, Magda Fernandez, Lina Maria Giraldo, Susan Graham, David Opdyke, Mike Paré, Aithan Shapira (CFA’06), Tanya Steinberg (CFA’03), Megan Vossler, and Chase — examine how war, political divisiveness, and an increasingly polarized public define life in the United States.

National Image opened on October 31 and will be on display through December 15 at the Sherman Gallery, 775 Commonwealth Ave. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 617-353-7293.

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