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The Red Thread: Women & Militarism

Addressing militarism and its relationship to gender, MC Condon combines news imagery, appropriated text, Pentagon nomenclature, feminine iconography, and ‘polemical portraiture’ in her paintings and drawings as she explores the issues of language, propaganda, and identity.

The culmination of Washington State artist MB Condon’s three phase project, The Red Thread: Women & Militarism, will be shown November 6 through December 5, 2007, in the Archer Gallery on the Clark College campus. Conceived by the artist as a progressive, multi-venue exhibition, The Red Thread has been presented on the Washington State University campus at Vancouver and Portland State University’s Littman Gallery.



The Red Thread is composed of, in this final exhibition, three large triptychs modeling the mythic female protagonists, The Muses, The Furies, and The Fates; and related drawings, text pieces, and mixed media. As Condon states, “My current art work addresses militarism and its relationship to gender. The evolving role of women in all aspects of military structures has offered a fertile ground for exploring the broader issues of language, propaganda, and identity. A combination of news imagery, appropriated text, Pentagon nomenclature, feminine iconography, and ‘polemical portraiture’ occupy my paintings in what I hope is an uneasy balance – a visual combination that is ripe for a reinterpretation of our relationships to violence and power.”

A community advocate, artist, and professional graphic designer, Condon resides in southeastern Washington where she combines her art with activism to address social, economic, and environmental concerns of the region.

When: November 6 – December 5, 2007

Reception: Tuesday, November 6, 4 – 6 p.m.

Artist Talk:
Tuesday, November 6 at 6 p.m. (following the Reception in Archer Gallery)

Additional Artist Talks:
Thursday, November 15, 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm in the Archer Gallery


Where: Archer Gallery
Clark College
Penguin Union Building (PUB)
1933 Fort Vancouver Way,
Vancouver, WA 98663

Information/Directions: 360 992-2246

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

For further information or visuals, please contact Marjorie Hirsch, Gallery Director, at (360) 992-2701 or mhirsch@clark.edu

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