Portraits by McGarren Flack
Access II Gallery
Access II Gallery is pleased to show The Lineup, the innovative work of artist McGarren Flack, who has taken portraiture to a new level.
Flack believes that every artist has painted a portrait of some type in every possible form throughout art history. In his opinion, the most contemporary form of portraiture to date, however, although it lacks flattery and sophistication, is the Mug Shot. During the 19th Century, Allen Pinkerton created the mug shot as a photographic image of a criminal. It was often seen as a wanted poster during the "wild west." Because of its success, we use it to this day with the majority of criminal information digitally imputed instead of being represented in the photo. To make things a little more interesting, I am using a more "traditional" mug shot for this exhibit.
Flack says, "Everyone is a criminal. This view is somewhat pessimistic but it is true. Not everyone has been caught, and all the things we have done are not necessarily considered bad enough by society to be arrested. In America one can commit adultery and not be arrested, but in other countries adulterers can be stoned to death. With these artistic mug shots there are three major identifiers. One is the visual representation of the individual. Another is a word or phrase that identifies the individual. The last is the inmate number associated with the criminal information in the booking sheet.
In The Lineup, I have used representational art to paint the portraits and a contemporary form to situate them. One of two things will occur here. Either I will be discounted by both art worlds, or I will show that both types of art can co-exist. The great thing, however, is that none of this matters to you, the viewer, except that you enjoy the show."
McGarren Flack received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah in 2008.
Exhibitions' Dates & Hours
April 15 - May 9, 2011
Gallery Stroll Reception on Friday, April 15 from 6 to 9PM.
Art Access Gallery is located at 230 South 500 West, #125 in Salt Lake City.
Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM.
About Art Access Gallery
The Art Access Gallery provides opportunities for artists with disabilities to access the mainstream of the arts community by exhibiting their work with that of artists without disabilities.
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Art Access/VSA Utah provides equal opportunities to inclusive arts programming for Utahns with disabilities and those with limited access to the arts.