Sweet & Just

January 10, 2015 1:00 am - January 10, 2015 4:00 am

<p><span class="fsl">Hello Studio presents Sweet &amp; Just, an exhibition featuring art works by musician, Blake Schwarzenbach. Opening night will be held on January 9th, at 7pm. This two month exhibit, curated by Houston&rsquo;s Brandy Black, will also feature works from Tra&rsquo; Slaughter. <br /> <br /> Blake Schwarzenbach is an American musician, writer and artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. He is the singer and guitarist of Jawbreaker (1988&ndash;1996), Jets to Brazil (1997&ndash;2003), The Thorns of Life (2008&ndash;2009), and Forgetters (2009&ndash; present). He has taught undergrad writing courses and is currently working on his PHD in English Literature. <br /> <br /> Sweet and Just, cued form Wilfred Owen&rsquo;s poem &ldquo;Dulce et Decorum <span class="text_exposed_show">Est&rdquo; which describes the beauty and horror of combat to an unnamed civilian auditor. The translation, &ldquo;It is sweet and just to die for one&rsquo;s country&rdquo; attenuates the full meaning of the phrase to allow for its bitter irony. Similarly, art works created by Schwarzenbach and Slaughter &ndash;while not always explicitly depictions of combat&mdash;are 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.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Three things drive my work: asymmetrical warfare, dubious scholarship, and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. To me that is pretty much the totality of modern tragedy and the noblest of all genres. Working in the tragic mode, however, involves no small amount of comedy. Thus, because the outcome in tragedy is always so assured, these pieces are inflected with a sage-like sense of bemusement. My goal, whatever the subject, is discovery and beauty; if any work failed to register as in some way surprisingly beautiful then I would count that work as a failure. These works are not intended to be ironic. Global events of the past two decades have haunted my working mind and pushed it beyond any ironic distance. The distance between the subject and its metaphor has collapsed in the 21st century &ndash; we know too much at this point not to find all things equivalent."&nbsp; Blake Schwarzenbach </span></span></p>