Blake Schwarzenbach & Tra Slaughter: Sweet & Just
Hello Studio & Brandy Black present "Sweet and Just", and exhibition featuring art works by musician, Blake Schwarzenbach and Tra Slaughter.
Opening night will be held on January 9th, at 7pm, at 1420 South Alamo in the Blue Star Arts Complex. This two month exhibit, curated by Houston’s Brandy Black, will also feature works from Tra’ Slaughter.
Blake Schwarzenbach is an American musician, writer and artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. He is the singer and guitarist of Jawbreaker (1988–1996), Jets to Brazil (1997–2003), The Thorns of Life (2008–2009), and Forgetters (2009– present). He has taught undergrad writing courses and is currently working on his PHD in English Literature.
Sweet and Just, cued form Wilfred Owen’s poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” which describes the beauty and horror of combat to an unnamed civilian auditor. The translation, “It is sweet and just to die for one’s country” attenuates the full meaning of the phrase to allow for its bitter irony. Similarly, art works created by Schwarzenbach and Slaughter –while not always explicitly depictions of combat&mdashare haunted everywhere by its persistent presence in the social landscape over the past decades. This interactive view will present the common emotions of the domestic impact of war: nagging guilt, unrest, paranoia, and a certain sense of unwelcome responsibility in everyday life.