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Neal Beggs

Woodstock. Exposition du 22 mars au 30 avril 2011. Vernissage le 19 mars. GALERY ALICEDAY, Brandhoutkaai 39 Quai au Bois à Brûler, Bruxelles.

WOODSTOCK takes its name from the famous Woodstock Festival of 1969 and song of the same name by Joni Mitchell. Once again the idea of Love is central, but here it is prefaced by the word ‘Peace’. The 1960’s saw popular culture make the transition from ‘Love’ to ‘Peace and Love’. A significant influence in this transi- tion was America’s involvement in the Viet Nam War, which increasingly throughout the 1960’s touched the lives of the ordinary ‘young Americans’. Woodstock (amongst other things) was about bringing an end to war, but as we know this did not happen and today as Neal Young puts it, we are ‘Living with War’.
My artwork WOODSTOCK plays with this paradoxical and inevitable outcome. The work is itself an actual ‘wood stock’ a pile of firewood. All I do to the wooden logs is sculpt them into the shape of Bombs.
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Neal Beggs - Still not out of the wood

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