DEAR Camp

Lee Gamel and Brian Neal Sensabaugh look at the art of compromise

Brian Neal Sensabaugh’s exhibition “DEAR Camp,” presented at Lawndale Art Center in the winter of 2007, could have been seen as a kindred expression of the tension seen in Brokeback Mountain: A man with atypical desires must reconcile his feelings with his harsh, hyper--masculine environment. In the exhibit, Sensabaugh re-created his father’s Arkansas deer-hunting camp, but through the lens of his own aesthetic, with lace-adorned antlers, pink felt flames and pastel walls.

The edgy creation drew the attention of Austin filmmaker Lee Gamel, who in turn made the full-length documentary DEAR Camp, in which he followed Sensabaugh as he worked as an artist and also as he revisited his family and his past. The result is a portrait of a man split between his private and familial selves — but who’s found, through art, a way to reconcile the two. DEAR Camp screens at 8 p.m. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main. For information, call 713-528-5858 or visit www.lawndaleartcenter.org. Free.
Fri., June 20, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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