After 11 weeks that the Arts Center has opened it’s doors again. Please check HERE for the new hours and procedures for visiting. However, we have this incredible 45th Juried Show to share that we would like to continue to feature online. Each day (see menu to the left) in the morning hours we will post a new work on display in the galleries with a short story.
Hi! I’m Duane Paxson. Derived from the sacred animals owned by potentates in Southeast Asia, the term “white elephant” has come to refer to a possession, which though valuable, is rather more burdensome than useful. Because white elephants were sacred and therefore exempted from labor, they were costly to maintain and of no practical use. They were in short both a blessing and a curse. Alluding to this legacy, my sculptures deal with the “weight” of being white in a racially polarized society. Whereas being white offers distinct cultural and financial privileges, at the same time, it creates a burden of guilt, whether consciously perceived or not.