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Richard Neal


After the development of photography in the Nineteenth Century, the field of painting underwent a series of convulsive and dramatic changes throughout the following century, and up through the present day. The dynamic that exists between these two practices fuels a continual conversation about truth and deception.   


Through painting and collage techniques, this series re-presents frames of the homemade 8mm Zapruder film, which depicted the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. In several of these mixed media works, an individual frame of the film was manipulated, printed on canvas, ripped apart, reassembled and then painted.


Other works here were created with materials salvaged from the Kennedys' summer cottage in Hyannis Port after its renovation in 2013.

“Portal” began as a kitchen cupboard, but turned into something else: a passageway that could never have opened until the wall behind it was gone. Taken out of context, the cupboard becomes a window into the past—into the ordinary lives of extraordinary people—and somehow orients us more fully in the present.

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