Inspired by the “spontaneous memorials” he found throughout New York City after the September 11, 2001 attacks by Al Quaeda, artist Frank McEntire created a memorial of assemblages that will fill the entire Main Gallery at Bountiful Davis Art Center beginning August 3.
McEntire and his wife, Marjorie, visited New York City just two months after the 9/11 attacks on New York City, Washington D.C., and on Flight 93. “Next to fire stations, buildings, and fences, spontaneous altar-like memorials were everywhere,” he recalled. “One by a fire station was covered in flowers, lit by candles, and highlighted with photographs of fallen first responders. More than half of that station’s crew died when the Twin Towers collapsed,” he recalled.
McEntire retained a visual and emotional memory of those street altars. “They motivated the beginning of Spontaneous Memorial in 2004,” he said, “and it has evolved into an ongoing installation exhibited almost every year since,” including this seventeenth anniversary edition at BDAC.
“When I work in series” McEntire said, “I find as many variations on a single theme or use of a particular object as possible.” Spontaneous Memorial gave him the opportunity to work extensively on a single theme (memorial) over an extended period (now fourteen year).
“My interest,” McEntire continues, “has been to explore ‘memorial’ not only as a way to remember an event, but also as a form of artistic expression in itself”—an aspiration accomplished with Spontaneous Memorial.
McEntire will discuss the exhibition and memorials in general September 11, 2018 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Bountiful Davis Art Center. The presentation and exhibition are free and open to the public.
On Display AUG 3 – SEPT 14, 2018 in the Main Gallery
ARTIST PRESENTATION: SEPT 11 6:30 – 8:30 PM