Am I Black or White?
Artist Richard Barone earned a Merit Award for his painting Sealing Installation at the 2013 All Florida Art Competition and Exhibition, Boca Art Museum, Boca Raton, FL. Also exhibited were the paintings Roamin' Still Life and Orange is a Miele Taste My Mouth. Includes videos by Gabrielle Wood, "Disrupted Pleasure." Small sample of the 150 artworks exhibited.
Over one million enemy soldiers died during the Vietnam War. Their bodies were buried in unmarked graves. When killed in large numbers, the U.S. bulldozed them underground. Body counts were taken, but no attempts were made to identify the soldiers or even to map locations for future exhumation and burial. Though an egregious violation of the laws of war, the mass burials were a testimonial to an enemy that used massive tunnel complexes for logistics, bomb shelters, training, and even hospitals. Poured flat and left face-down upon the ground for a whole month (exactly forty-five years after the enemy offensive of August 1968), the paint separated into small pieces, which were reconstructed unto a painted canvas. This piece represents the landscape of the war with figures and colors existing beneath the appearance, unseen in a non-sensorial presence.