Personal issues become political ones in Pat Johnson's exhibition "Artist Tries to Save the World," now on view at the Art Car Museum. With ceramic sculpture and satire, Johnson brings to the viewer's attention some of the most polarizing sociopolitical matters of our time: racism, greed, international poverty and hunger. She includes a few paintings, but her most effective statements are made through sculpture, such as The Sacrifice, a terra cotta image of a dying man. Two vultures perch nearby, waiting to dine on the inevitable corpse.
If The Sacrifice doesn't leave an impression, People Whose Manners I Would Like to Correct, another terra-cotta sculpture, certainly does. Seated at a table are two people: One is a teacher; the other, a hooded Klansman. The teacher has in his possession a pencil and a set of rules, while around the Klansman's waist is a rope long enough to spill onto the table, bringing to mind frightening images of lynch mobs. However, the rope is not as shocking as the teacher's list: "Do not use the "N" word/No rape allowed/Do not make racial slurs/No Rick Perry/No late night rides in truck and/chew with your mouth closed."
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