Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Presents William Dunlap: Look At It . . . Think About It

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art presents William Dunlap: Look At It . . . Think About It, on view through December 4, 2011.

William Dunlap reminds us not to forget the importance of history by his use of rich artifacts that take viewers back to their cultural roots and consider what has been lost in today’s world. Symbolic representations are based on life experiences and exploration of historical tradition. Material forms reflect the abstract as objects project from the canvas, presenting a three-dimensional mixed-media image of what would otherwise be a two-dimensional pictorial space. His incorporation of personally meaningful objects suffused with memory stimulate the imagination. Dunlap’s use of recurrent characters can be seen, suggesting the intricate strata of history and its repetition of themes. He invites the viewer to look at it . . . and think about it.

Image: He’ll Set Your Fields on Fire, 1995 Polymer paint, wood, brass, bone, aluminum, preserved squirrel Courtesy of Greg Thompson Fine Art, North Little Rock, Arkansas

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art mission is to promote and preserve the unique legacy of Biloxi potter George E. Ohr and the diverse cultural heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast; and to exhibit works which exemplify the independent, innovative, and creative spirit of George Ohr, emancipated craftsman Pleasant Reed, and Ohr-O’Keefe Museum architect Frank Gehry. This mission is served through compelling exhibitions and educational experiences viewed from a fresh perspective relevant to our community, the region, and the nation with a strong focus on ceramic arts.


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