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Matthew Boulay: Combat Grass

January 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until February 18, 2018

Matthew Boulay: Combat Grass
January 10-February 18

Reception: Friday, January 19 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Bush Barn Art Center | 600 Mission St. SE Salem

Free Admission

 

On January 9, 2002, Marine Sergeant Jeannette L. Winters was killed when her plane struck a mountain in southwestern Pakistan. She was 25 years old – and the first U.S. servicewoman to die in the war on terror.

Combat Grass, an installation by Matthew Boulay, is inspired by Carl Sandburg’s poem, Grass, and honors the sacrifices of the more than 160 female soldiers who have died from war since Sergeant Winters. The exhibition begins with combat boots and shoes (representing the fallen soldiers and the lives they left behind outside of their military duties) strewn over unwatered grass seed.

During the exhibition, visitors are invited to spread more seed, and water the grass, eventually burying the boots and shoes. As in Sandburg’s poem, the growth of the grass represents the passage of time, and the tension that exists between healing and forgetting. In other words, does time heal our wounds, or does it simply allow us to forget them?

 

Salem Art Association exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday from Noon-5 pm (weekend hours for this exhibit may vary, please call 503-581-2228 to confirm). Learn more online at https://SalemArt.org/combat-grass.

Details

Date:
January 14
Time:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Website:
https://SalemArt.org/combat-grass/

Venue

Bush Barn Art Center
600 Mission St. SE
Salem, OR 97302 United States
Phone:
503-581-2228
Website:
www.SalemArt.org

Organizer

Salem Art Assocation
Phone:
503-581-2228
Website:
www.salemart.org

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