August 25, 2014

Local artists reflect on fallout from first atomic bombing

Go Columbia for Aug. 26: ‘Hiroshima -- Never Forget’ at Tapp’s Art Center

The World War II bombing of Hiroshima in August 1945 is commemorated this month with an art exhibit at Tapp’s Art Center in downtown Columbia. “Hiroshima – Never Forget” is a collection of posters from the Hiroshima Peace Museum complemented by works of local artists. The works of art are a diverse collection of perspectives on the historic event and the struggle for world peace in the decades since then.

“The destructive power of nuclear weapons, the horrendous human suffering they cause, and the threat to the environment and to future generations is a strong motivator to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” said Cassandra Fralix, one of the show’s organizers. “The future of our planet demands that we eliminate weapons of indiscriminate death. Art is a valuable tool that documents history and allows for the expression of issues that demand examination.”

Artist Sean McGuinness, “That Godzilla Guy,” contributed work that depicts the bombings and how they led to the creation of the character Godzilla, a metaphor for nuclear weapons.

An interactive shadow piece by Kimi Maeda’s recalls the shadows left by the people who suffered the bombs’ 1,000-degree temperatures. Maeda also portrays images of Japanese internment camps using sand as her media.

“Peace Warrior” is a mixed media piece by artist Jeri Burdick that depicts the yoga Warrior Pose. The pose, like the concept of peace, looks easy to accomplish from an outside perspective, but is actually quite challenging to achieve.

Artist Susan Lentz also contributed two pieces that examine the concept of peace. A textile wall hanging depicts three local peace activists, and a sculpture includes tiny messages of peace collected in a bowl.

Audience participation is invited in a banner by Karen Murphy called “The Deconstruction of Peace.”

Visitors are invited to make origami peace cranes and add them to the exhibit.

Tapp’s Art Center is at 1644 Main St., and is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. New monthly exhibits open in conjunction with the First Thursday gallery crawl in downtown Columbia.

The exhibit will remain on display through August 31.

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