Contained Conflict
Group Exhibition
July 11 - August 9, 2013

Left to right: Paulo Laport; Jenny Morgan; Jules Olitski; Margaret Bowland

  • Doug Argue


    Oil on canvas, 112 x 160 inches

  • Bahar Behbahani                        
    Oil and acrylic on paper with nylon mesh, 31 x 23 inches
  • Wafaa Bilal

    CHAIR, 2003-20013

    Archival inkjet photograph, 40 x 50 inches

  • Rock Bleckner

    UNTITLED, 1981

    Oil on canvas with encaustic, 26 x 26 inches

  • Margaret Bowland

    THE TEA PARTY from the series BABES IN THE WOODS, 2013

    Oil on linen, 64 x 78 inches

  • Pieter Hugo                      
    GHANA, 2010, from the series PERMANENT ERROR, 2009-10
    Digital C-Print, 38 ½ x 38 ½ inches; 
    Edition of 10 + 2 Artist’s Proofs
  • Paulo Laport

    SPINO, 2011

    Oil on cotton, 35.4 x 23.6 x 1.6 inches

  • Jenny Morgan

    GREAT DIVIDE, 2013

    Oil on canvas, 58 x 42 inches


  • Jules Olitski

    CALLED UPON, c. 1983-84

    Acrylic on canvas, 100 ½ x 111 inches
  • Varda Yatom


    Ceramic and coated wire,

    Each: 20 x 5 ¾ x 3 ¾ inches; Including pedestal: 54 ¼ x 5 ¾ x 3 ¾ inches


press release

Opening reception: Thursday, July 11, 2013, 6-8PM

DRISCOLL BABCOCK GALLERIES presents Contained Conflict, a group exhibition featuring works whose hauntingly beautiful exteriors belie the fact that just below the surface there exists discord and dissension. The artists in the exhibition come from diverse backgrounds and work in varied mediums, yet all invoke our instinctual and universal desire for resolution, to overcome pitfalls and seek harmony within the chaotic. Addressing tensions ranging from the global to the personal, these works become acts of rebellion- fighting to extract beauty from the most tumultuous political and psychological situations.

The subtly refined photographs from Wafaa Bilal’s Ashes Series depict models constructed by the artist based on a set of 10 mass-syndicated images documenting the destruction of Iraq. Taking cues from photomontages created by German Dadaists in the wake of World War I, Bilal has reconstructed and rearranged these images, creating an interactive visual narrative exposing the powerful link between the media and public opinion, and challenging our sense of perception. By withdrawing the human figures present in the original photographs and replacing them with 21 grams of human ashes scattered in each model, Bilal’s images become static and calm – almost peaceful.

Several artists offer meditative reflections on the psychologically-charged relationship between remembrance and denial, erasure and violence. Harriet Bart’s DRAWN IN SMOKE, 2010 at first glance appears to be a series of delicate abstractions, but is in fact an elegiac homage to the lives lost in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in U.S. history. Bahar Behbahani’s dream-like images reflect the complex political and individual desire to both remember and forget, chronicling the violent images of her childhood in Tehran in an attempt to find beauty within the maelstrom of repressed memories.

Margaret Bowland’s THE TEA PARTY from the series BABES IN THE WOODS, 2013 and Jenny Morgan’s GREAT DIVIDE, 2013 express the inner struggle to maintain independence in the face of societal emphasis on conformity and competition, eloquently drawing out a subtle force and quiet energy in their figures. Both Morgan’s bisected figure and Bowland’s lost girls embody the dualities of identity and the challenge to combine public expectations with private ones. At once heroic and trapped, strong but subdued, their subjects confront the social pressures of popular culture with a cool resolve, in the process achieving larger than life status.

Contained Conflict also features works by Doug Argue, Marylyn Dintenfass, Pieter Hugo, Paulo Laport, Robert Longo, Patricia Piccinini, and Varda Yatom.

For additional information and images, please contact Tess Schwab, Associate Director

"Contained Conflict" reviewed in ARTnews Magazine