Saturday, October 11, 2014
Man with Dog and Angel 2005
However, now, with the painting sold, what I saw was a complicated, triangulated relationship between the dog, the angel, and the bearded figure. Both the dog and the man are constructed from photographs of the Reverend Dennis, an African American folk artist/minister from Mississippi, in his late 80's when I met and photographed him. His world was a tangled overlay of religion, militarism, and paranoia(his antiquated hearing aid probably didn't help matters much). * The angel's body is made up of tumbleweeds and wire, as are her wings, and while she is looking benevolently at the bearded man, it's not completely clear what the dog is up to. His tail is up, and he is alert, not sure if he's barking a warning to the angel, or if he's ready to take a chunk out of the man. The man looks concerned, but not alarmed, and we are left not quite knowing what is about to unfold.