Vietnam Veteran's Art Captures The Spirit of the American Flag
The Dow Arts Gallery, St.Paul will host the works of deceased Vietnam Veteran June 14-July 30.
Vietnam Veteran Artist’s “Justice Flags” Show Opens Flag Day
“Justice Flags” a series of works by Vietnam Veteran and artist, Galen A. Brown, will have their premier showing at the Dow Art Gallery,2242 University Ave. St. Paul, Mn., June 14-July 30. The opening reception is June 14, Flag Day, 6-9 pm.
A U.S. Marine veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart, Brown served two tours of duty as a sniper. He enlisted in 1965 and was wounded in action in Hue, 1968. His journey as an artist began after returning from war and ended with his passing in 2013. In the show will be the folded American Flag presented to Galen A. Brown’s family at his memorial service, displayed with reverence in a box along with his medals.
The flag, according to Kay Brown, curator of the Galen A. Brown Art Collection, represented to him the core values of the United States.
“Each image is unique,” states Ms. Brown, “and reflects an aspect of the values that Galen so strongly believed as a patriot and a veteran. The show coincides with the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War.”
Between 2004-2009 Galen Brown used the flag as an inspiration to create over 70 images. His drawings during this time were very oriented, utilizing additive/reductive approaches to achieve rich and subtle surfaces. The drawings have the look of fractured, yet beautiful intaglio prints and the process seemed to be a metaphor of war and human suffering.
The show will be hosted by Khan Tran, owner of the Dow Gallery and a Vietnam refugee. In 1976, Tran escaped with his family by boat, first to Japan then to the United States. “I think of myself as an American now,” states Tran, “but it is serendipitous that I have the opportunity to show Galen’s work. I really didn’t think about his being a Vietnam veteran when I saw his work for the first time. I just knew it was beautiful. The sincerity of his belief in America and what it stands for comes through in his powerful images.”
“One of the strongest values that Galen held dear was the right of all Americans to speak out.” continues Ms. Brown. “#2 Flag, an exploding image in black and white, shows the impact of our voices.” It was featured on the Story Wall produced by Twin Cities Public Television.
The right of people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures is the subject of the piece entitled “4th Amendment.” A blindfolded Lady Liberty is subtly woven into several pieces reflecting the artist’s concern over injustices in the court system. “Justice Flag 3a” has pinholes where the stars should be. According to Ms. Brown, “The images are still poignant in today’s world.”
“My art is not a lecture, I just want people to think.”- Galen A. Brown.
Visit https://galenbrownartcollection.com to view more of his work.
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Galen A. Brown Art Collection
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