Texas photographer, Kelly Flynn’s work has a lot of POW and WHAM, whether it be by exploring the world of Texas Fireworks, super heroes, gender and sexuality issues, or her new work and MFA thesis, Monster Truck Culture. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 7th, Kelly opens her MFA art exhibition, Monster Truck, at the Texas Woman’s University Gallery, which includes large scale prints, 6 videos, and installations.
Monster Truck Culture is a multi-media exhibition that focuses on the extreme sport of monster truck competitions in the United States and the people who embrace this culture. Photographs, videos, sound and an installation of media and memorabilia illustrates the drivers and their trucks performing gravity and death-defying stunts and the fans that come to watch. Notions of masculinity, violence, heroism and entertainment are examined by showing participants and performers engaging in such dangerous and spectacular actions.
Bob Chandler and the Original Bigfoot
This documentary exposes the viewer to the monster truck industry by providing a behind-the-scene look into a culture not fully represented in mainstream America. This project brings the thrill of monster truck competition to a broader audience in addition to providing an in depth multi-layered view into the sport.
Photographs focus on trucks, drivers, fan clubs, racing circuits and car crushing actions that encompass the sport. By incorporating ambient sounds, motion video and photography, the work creates a space for the viewer to experience the excitement and danger of monster truck culture. Within the exhibition, the human fascination with heroism, destruction and the consumerism associated with the sport is revealed through an array of installations and projections.
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