Hunting the American Experience

{Opening Day 1938, 2009, Mixed media, oil on canvas, by Donnie Molls}

Donnie Molls has a series of paintings based on hunting photos currently on display at Carl Berg in LA. I caught the opening of this and despite the overly crowded room, I found these quite captivating.

Culled from his family’s photo collection, they reflect his upbringing and say something about us, the animals we choose to hunt and the role images play in constructing our personal and collective history.

Here’s a bit from the gallery website:

By choosing not to contemporize the image and reinterpret them with current social and moral values he creates works that force the viewer to acknowledge a shared human history of man’s relationship to nature. 

{Fred’s Elk, 2009, Mixed media, oil on canvas, by Donnie Molls}

Also worth checking out if you head to Carl Berg are the time-lapse photos of John Mullin.

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