June 25, 2009 — August 6, 2010
Opening reception, June 25, 6 – 9
What makes a monster? Does a monster have to have sharp teeth and multiple eyes? Can a monster’s sole evil exist in its ability to cheat people out of their life’s savings or, to use military force to bully or even kill them? Is a litterbug a monster?
Children draw monsters based on their own sets of fears and beliefs which may or may not wane as they grow older. Culture, science and religion have created and supported various definitions over the centuries. Hollywood has packaged, presented and championed all the cliché and kitsch manifestations and, a new intrusive media machine with ever shrinking boundaries gives a frightening view of the everyday monster next door, capable of inconceivable horror. All this being said, is it possible for “good” monsters to exist, say a monster who opposes and battles more evil monsters (i.e. a “dirty” cop?)