Big Car Gallery, through Oct.
The didactic text for Heather
Accurso's Cherubic Intervention
describes the artwork with the description "contemporary cherubic angels
sprouting botanical projections protect humans and nature from today's
threats."This invites an
interesting reckoning with that which our culture holds perhaps most dear of
all — human babies. Normally thought of as constantly needing nurturing
and care, Accurso's babies now rescue us adults from mostly self-imposed harm
and the protected become the protectors.
This interesting shift in
perspective calls into focus the fact that babies are unquestionably thought of
as symbols of purity and innocence, and when this paradigm is bastardized or
reversed — see dead baby jokes, Eraserhead and Rosemary's Baby — the results can be downright chilling.
Cherubic Intervention may evoke just such a sense in viewers. Despite
their heroic actions, there is something decidedly creepy about the babies
portrayed in this group of artwork, and I left the show feeling bewildered and
strange. The fact that Accurso's drawings have the power to evoke such
ponderings and emotions is a testament to their depth and quality.
Cherubic Intervention manages to explore and question a dearly held
cultural ideal without feeling like it is in poor taste or exploitative.