DEAR Camp

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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