Friese Undine: Machiavelli and the Bottle, View 1
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Undine is fascinated with propaganda and more overt activities of persuasion: brainwashing, coercion, enticement and threat. In this exhibit, what might Undine's intention be? Proselytism? But for what? And certainly satire. This artist obviously wants us to think about the everyday uses of force, and especially the rhetoric we use to justify our actions to those less powerful than we are. Like every satire from the classical Greek "Satyricon" to Voltaire's "Candide" to "Saturday Night Live," Undine's work attacks society in order to improve it, ironically a hopeful act. Whether we are shocked or we laugh or both, we should not leave this gallery feeling neutral. If giving people easy answers is the function of propaganda, asking people hard questions is the function of art. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space.
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