Rusty Freeman


Slavery ended for millions in the United States with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865.  But celebrations began earlier with the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, which freed only the enslaved African Americans in ten of the eleven Confederate states.  However, news of the Proclamation took two and a half …

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Northern Moon

Northern Moon is a fine example of what an artist can accomplish when offered a studio, two assistants, a choice collection of metals, and a one-week deadline to create. During a visit over Christmas break with Canadian artist Rod Dowling, Illinois artist and SIUC art professor Aldon Addington created Northern Moon. Away with a project in …

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Binary Relationships

The study of binary oppositions began long before the 1950s florescence of language theory.  Language had become the model describing how all systems or structures functioned. Beginning with Lao-Tzu and Socrates, philosophers studied language writing the rules for how it functions and meaning forms.  Language is but a tool that can distort reality, but also …

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Spider-Man as Art

One of many defining characteristics of the postmodern age was a willingness to see other genres besides oil paintings and bronze statues as art.  Where before genres like the movies and photography were not highly regarded, slowly as horizons and insights broadened, they gained acceptance.  Comic books were a part of this sea change. Spider-Man …

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The End

Dear Readers, After a year and then some (14 months, 58 written and illustrated blogs), it is time to close this project.    I presented topics primarily about our permanent collections of the museum and sculpture park and current exhibitions.  Every now and then I wrote on current events in the art world.  History was …

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