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"Heroes Are Less Heroic"
Emerging young artist J. Eric Simpson’s mixed-media explorations into the trinity of “religion, philosophy and pop culture” have so far taken shape in works combining such unusual suspects as Wheaties boxes, Big Macs, a Jesus statue and a DVD player looping the first season of AMC’s The Walking Dead. A Texas Tech graduate currently pursuing his MFA, Simpson recently attended Land Arts of the American West, a trans-disciplinary field program that expands on the definition of land art via “direct experience with the full range of human interventions in the landscape.” Inspired by notions that affected his boyhood and early adult years, Simpson’s new solo exhibition “Heroes Are Less Heroic” reimagines a world where “the white picket fence of the American Dream no longer represents the security and sanctity it once did; the sacred ritual of Christian communion is compared with the fetishized behavior of contemporary zombie culture; and the expectations of a childhood hero are confronted with a less heroic reality.” Free, 7-10pm Fri, Clamp Light Studios & Gallery, 1704 Blanco Rd., Suite 104, (512) 569-8134, clamplightstudios.blogspot.com. — BR