Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Art at Memphis' Power House: From Iraq to the Old South

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 4:00 AM

For Tom Lee's exhibition "Into the Fire," there is a perfect pairing of art and venue. Inside Power House's small, sooty gallery, the Fuel Room, Lee has drawn, whittled, and painted a savagely wry 21st-century version of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. Instead of surrounding God with cherubim, Lee depicts the Almighty flanked by a circular saw with an image of George W. Bush imprinted on each tooth of the blade.

In Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel masterwork, God reaches out, almost touching Adam. The Fuel Room Jehovah points to a replica of Elmer Fudd's shotgun (circa 1950s), which sprays pellets into a tiny Bugs Bunny hanging from the wall.

Read the rest of Carol Knowles review of the latest show at the Power House.

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