Published January 10, 2016

‘Exit Six: Flag Bombs’

Next exhibit at Everett Gallery to feature painter Chris Kienke
  • A piece from Chris Kienke’s “Exit Six: Flag Bombs” series of work.
“Exit Six: Flag Bombs,” an exhibit by University of Illinois art professor Chris Kienke, will open at Monmouth College’s Len G. Everett Gallery on Jan. 15.   A reception and gallery talk will be held on the opening day of the exhibit at 3:30 p.m. in the gallery, which is located on the upper level of Hewes Library. The exhibit, reception and talk are all free and open to the public.
  Kienke’s work has been featured in more than 60 shows, including recent solo exhibitions at Amos Eno Gallery, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Jackson State University.   With the American flag, fireworks, stars and stripes, red, white and blue, explosions, hot rods and handguns represented in a very literal manner, Kienke’s “Flag Bombs” project co-opts the shiny veneer of American patriotism and Hollywood action films. Its over-the-top nature is both a celebration of the United States and a criticism of unquestioned nationalistic attitudes about patriotism, which impedes current debates about everything from the Keystone Pipeline to ISIS. Kienke, who began his career in higher education nearly 20 years ago, has taught since 2013 at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois, where he serves as chair of the foundations curriculum. He received his BFA in illustration from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994 and his MFA in painting from Southern Illinois University in 2000.
  The Everett Gallery is open during regular library hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to midnight.
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