Both exhibits are on display through September 6th.
(Selected works are shown below.)
Art and Other Tactics is an exhibition of contemporary work by veteran artists. It is a incredibly moving powerful exhibit of mixed artwork from veterans across all military branches of all ages.
(Note: Some of the artwork deals with upsetting themes.)
Faith in Myself, Faith in My Leadership, Faith in the Oath I Swore for my Country..., 2011
Teri McCans, Army (2003-2011)
This hanging memorial is composed of imprinted ID tags that serve to personalize the fallen. They identify each person as a friend, sibling, relative or spouse, the relationships left behind are all that remain.
Jessica Putnam-Phillips, Air Force (1995-2003)
Taking an image usually associated with domesticity and service, Putnam-Phillips created heirloom serving plates that highlight the strength of female soldiers in combat.
stories from the women who served
The Shotwell Paper Mill in San Francisco created a collaborative project celebrating women veterans by creating this paper doll book that encouraged these women to share their stories through the images of their uniforms.
"Submissions were edited and each uniform item referenced in the stories was illustrated by Annemaree Rea. From dress uniforms to deployment gear, combat boots to dress pumps, the stories covered every branch of service from those who served in the sixties to those who are still serving today. Many of the authors responded to an invitation to come to Shotwell Paper Mill and participate in the process of creating the book. Production commenced. We created handmade paper from military uniforms, many of which are described and/or worn by the authors. The paper was dried, cured, and cut to size for screen printing. The subtle details of the rank insignia and buttons were colored by hand. Each story was typeset by hand using metal type and printed letterpress. Over half the authors came to set their type, connecting them to the book on a deeper level.
Thomas Dang, Marine Corps (2004-2008)
The toy like bombs hang playfully like mobiles and contain amoeba-like creatures reminiscent of a vintage science experiment kit. Dang describes this dark humor as the "cynical comedy of warfare." After two deployments to Iraq, Dang learned laughter was the only only way to face the exposure to combat.