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Art: Chasing the Whale at Gallery Zaum

By Tamera Lenz Muente · September 1st, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends

Even if you’ve never read it (or only read the CliffsNotes), Moby-Dick swims through the dark waters of the American psyche like the white whale that is the title’s namesake. In its most recent satirical incarnation, for instance, Captain Ahab buys insurance from the Progressive commercial lady. Pop culture aside, the 19th-century novel goes beyond the story of man pursuing a whale to delve into obsession, desire and the perception of truth, among other things.

Contemporary artists from abstract painter Frank Stella to Israeli filmmaker Guy Ben-Ner have mined this classic American novel for compelling material, but who knew that Northern Kentucky was a stronghold for Moby-Dick inspired art? Thanks to Robert Wallace, an English professor at Northern Kentucky University and a pioneer in the study of Moby-Dick and the arts, a strong survey of this local art has been gathered for exhibition in a show Wallace curated at Gallerie Zaum. Chasing the Whale in Northern Kentucky, which includes responses to Moby-Dick in painting, ceramics, quilting, sculpture and film, runs through Oct. 9.

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