On March 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., Brooks Gallery will host the opening reception for Véronique Côté’s new exhibition, “Punching Cattle on a Jackrabbit.” There will be a talk by the artist. The reception is free and open to the public.
Côté, who is an adjunct in the Department of Art, turns her critical and aesthetic eye toward the peculiarities of American culture. The artist is French-Canadian and steeped in current theory and studio practice and is well-placed to comment on American art and culture.
She says of the work in her exhibition, “To the foreign eye, the mixture of traditionalism, corporate dominion, religious indoctrination and pop culture that shape American heritage is a truly surreal experience. “Punching Cattle on a Jackrabbit” looks at the way in which America, and to some extent the Western World, builds and catechizes culture through the creations of multiple vagaries: mixtures of cultural artifacts, traditions, stereotypes and bizarre humor. The association of objects and images such as Disney’s Snow White characters, Mexican wrestlers, granny squares, and toy soldiers, along with a panoply of woodland creatures brings a comical tone to a capricious appraisal of our contemporary culture of war, violence, capitalism and popular kitsch.”
Côté’s exhibition will be on display through March 31. Regular gallery hours are Mondays – Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special arrangements may be made by calling or e-mailing Curator Marian J Hollinger: (304) 367-4300; email@example.com