HARTFORD – For three days only, the Charter Oak Cultural Center will host an extraordinary exhibit of artwork created by famed writer and artist, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Vonnegut is best known for his satirical science fiction novels and was also a brilliant visual artist. His artwork contains the dark humor and humanist message found throughout his writing. The thirty pieces in this show will feature limited edition screen prints available for purchase, signed and numbered by the artist.
The event will be held from March 3 to March 6 from 9 to 5 p.m. Extended hours are until 9 p.m. on these days.
Most readers interested in the fantastic in literature are familiar with Kurt Vonnegut, particularly for his uses of science fiction. Many of his early short stories were wholly in the science fiction mode, and while its degree has varied, science fiction has never lost its place in his novels.
Vonnegut has typically used science fiction to characterize the world and the nature of existence as he experiences them. His chaotic fictional universe abounds in wonder, coincidence, randomness and irrationality. Science fiction helps lend form to the presentation of this world view without imposing a falsifying causality upon it. In his vision, the fantastic offers perception into the quotidian, rather than escape from it. Science fiction is also technically useful, he has said, in providing a distance perspective, “moving the camera out into space,” as it were. And unusually for this form, Vonnegut’s science fiction is frequently comic, not just in the “black humor” mode with which he has been tagged so often, but in being simply funny.
Less generally familiar than the fiction, however, are Vonnegut’s creations in the graphic arts. These reveal the same postmodern heterogeneity of mode and subject found in the fiction-realism and abstraction, the fantastic and the mundane, sentiment and irony, humor and melancholy.
Read more here http://www.vonnegut.com/artist.asp