Chris Dacre, Crossing the Delaware Line, Installation shot, University of Wyoming, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist
In What Lies Beneath Lies, Chris Dacre re-imagines Emanuel Leutze painting Washington Crossing the Delaware by transforming the gallery into an almost stage-like environment. Leutze’s painting intended to emphasize Washington as a brave and heroic leader standing in the hull of a boat that would of been too small and unstable for such an act. Dacre uses this point of reference as a reflection on repeated and false histories, where altering actual events aids to fit the paradigms taught in American History courses. Dacre’s creatures wear uniforms from soldiers that served in Iraq and Afghanistan, their heads sewn from recycled civilian clothing while carrying wooden toy guns. The creatures bring to life the altered and edited accounts permeating our American patriotism.
Chris Dacre is an alumni of the School of Art, College of Fine Arts, University of Arizona. His work has been shown throughout the United States. His work has been exhibited at Eleanor Prest Reese Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, Indiana; University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, and part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
This exhibition is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, donors to the College of Fine Arts Fund for Excellence, Dr. Joseph F Gross Endowment, Lionel Rombach Endowment, and the University of Arizona School of Art.