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America Now

From an artistic and vocal standpoint, McColl Center for Visual Art's America Now is one of Charlotte's more impressive exhibits to emerge during 2012's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. In the exhibit, a jumble of artwork serves as representations for critical issues from the political and social spectrum. Five contemporary artists of varying mediums make up the showcase, with their own distinctive perspectives and musings related to life in the U.S. As for the artists: Chris Stain creates graffiti-influenced pop illustrations inspired by working-class and minority populations. Greg Haberny uses raw materials to forge adaptations of cultural icons mocked by hypocrisy. Robyn Hasty, aka Imminent Disaster, uses photography and other forms of media to craft installations reflective of corruption in the political system. Amze Emmons draws animated illustrations serving as representatives for the diverse types of voting avenues used across the globe. And, last but not least (in fact, his installations are pretty huge), Ben Wolf sculpts and arranges upcycled materials (including rusted metal and rotten boards) to represent wastefulness and excess found in our society. The exhibit, on view through November at McColl, has a reception on Sept. 21, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

— Anita Overcash

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