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Matthew Ballou’s, The Eternal Idol: Conflict, Impossible Scenes, and the Denial of Human Value

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Matthew Ballou’s, The Eternal Idol: Conflict, Impossible Scenes, and the Denial of Human Value

The Montminy Gallery is proud to announce Matthew Ballou’s exhibit, The Eternal Idol: Conflict, Impossible Scenes, and the Denial of Human Value.

The show will be on display from April 4 – June 2, 2019. 

Ballou is an educator, writer, and visual artist living and working in Columbia, Missouri. The work in the exhibition was created between 2006 and 2019 and represents Ballou’s ongoing attempt to picture the impossible spaces created by a collective unwillingness to constrain power, war, greed, and consumerism. Ballou’s work strives to make the foolishness of conflict, oppression, and war apparent. An opening reception and artist talk will be held on Friday, April 12 from 4:30-6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

“My artworks are meant to depict spaces, bodies, and objects that should never have existed. But they do. Whether they will continue to be made is a question for each of us. We answer the question with our votes, our credit cards, our meals, and our entertainment.” – Matthew Ballou, 2019 

The Gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Montminy Gallery is located inside the Boone County History & Culture Center, owned and operated by the Boone County Historical Society.