Painter Margaret Bowland is wrestling with the difficult, unwieldy affairs of human social interaction: economic power, police power, physical power, that ability to influence that is inescapable.
OK, full disclosure: I have never been a huge Marsden Hartley fan.
Wafaa Bilal asks us to bear witness, examine, and understand recent history. He places himself in his art to raise awareness and alter our perceptions.
For whom do images of a conflict zone, as those Wafaa Bilal has recreated in his Ashes Series, bear witness? How is this memory constituted? In his first solo show at Driscoll Babcock, the artist and NYU professor takes as his starting point newswire photographs of destruction in Iraq, transforming them via scale reproductions into dioramas where bodies are traded for a volcanic scattering of human ashes.