Unsettling, Works by Charles Browning

President's Office

Peaceable Kingdom, 2017

Reception May 26, 4-7 p.m.

"The past is never dead. It's not even past." William Faulkner

The paintings of Charles Browning offer a complex interplay of Art and History, humor and brutality, sincerity and irony, narrative and allegory. They present us with a "new" history painting, one that lays claim to a position of authority among the images of the past. Browning's sincerely flat-footed love of an anachronistic form of painting adroitly skewers the propaganda of frontier mythology. Using the associative potential of historical imagery and narrative, the scope of Browning's work expands to implicate us all in the goings on within.

"Three Indians come today to take Christmas with us, I gave them a bottle of whiskey . . . one informed me that an Englishman 16 miles from here told him that the Americans had the Countrey and no one was allowed to trade & etc. I explained to him the Intention of Government and the Caus of Possession."

—William Clark, Journals, December 25, 1803

In "Unsettling" Browning continues exploring the relationships of race and power in American History. In this new work, the imagery and painting style have expanded, becoming looser and more Surreal. Psychedelic kittens, dancing foxes, and hermaphroditic centaurs have now joined his cast of characters as the ripples of colonialism flow forward to the Internet Age.

Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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