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Van McElwee; Flag and Its Shadow
Bruno David is pleased to present “Flag and Its Shadow” a video work by Saint Louis–based artist
Van McElwee. This is McElwee’s fifth exhibition with the gallery. The video “Flag and Its Shadow” was created in 2004 but reflects the continuing crisis of the United States. The 3:22 minute long video features the American flag as a symmetrical form with shifting hues, emblematic of complexities and contradictions. In the current political climate, this video and its inherent forms reflect the disunited nation with cultures and countercultures which are constantly in conflict but never able to separate. These themes are impossible to ignore with the simultaneous events of the upcoming Presidential Election, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others. The forms of the piece are illustrative of America’s true identity, the promise of liberty and freedom for all of its people, but in the dark shadow of reality the aspiration is difficult to obtain.