American Patriot: Photographs by Charlee Brodsky, Poetry by Jim Daniels is comprised of 66 photographs by Brodsky of American flags that she finds in residential neighborhoods throughout the southwestern PA region. Daniels’ poems, which accompany several photographs, are rousing interpretations of Brodsky’s photos. Dan Rather’s claim that artists capture truths reinforces the critical role that artists like Brodsky and Daniels have in shaping narratives about American life, which draws upon the ideals of patriotism as relating to one’s culture, land and history.
The photographs tap into how Americans interact with the flag as a decoration, a trinket and as a signifier and pronouncement of our Americanism. Through the lens of this region and via the symbolism of the American flag, their collaboration wrestles with the complexities of life in 21st century America and the meaning of the flag. Importantly, the collaboration illuminates the drastically diverse ways in which patriotism is understood and expressed.
New bodies of work for both of the artists, the photographs and poems are on view in Pittsburgh for the first time.
JCC Berger Gallery: Robinson Building
5738 Darlington Road, Pittsburgh PA 15217