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Sculpture exhibit takes humorous look at popular culture

Sculptor takes humorous look at pop culture in new BenU exhibit

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  • The new sculpture exhibit "Coolness!" by Larry Ballard at Benedictine University takes a tongue-in-cheek look at popular culture icons like Michael Jackson and Andy Warhol.

      The new sculpture exhibit "Coolness!" by Larry Ballard at Benedictine University takes a tongue-in-cheek look at popular culture icons like Michael Jackson and Andy Warhol.
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By Phil Brozynski
Benedictine University

Sculptor Larry Ballard has a slightly skewed look at popular culture. His humorous observations on society will be on display for four weeks at Benedictine University

"Coolness!," a collection of sculptures by Ballard, will be displayed through Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall on campus, 5700 College Road, Lisle. A reception for the sculptor and his exhibition will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the gallery.

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Ballard's tongue-in-cheek looks at popular culture icons like Andy Warhol and Michael Jackson reflect his humorous observations on our society. These works are bright, colorful and have a savvy all their own.

Ballard was a longtime friend of Komechak, who spent decades collecting more than 3,000 pieces of art before dying of pancreatic cancer in 2009 at the age of 77. Ballard's work also is included in the university's permanent collection.

The gallery's hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment. For information, call Cathaleen Gaddis at (630) 829-6320 or visit ben.edu/artgallery.

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