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David Munson: TOO BIG TO FAIL

March 12, 2009  by: Dom

David Munson, Captioned 1975 - 2007, 2008, giclee and sumi on rives paper, 40" x 72", Exhibited at UB Anderson Gallery

David Munson, Captioned 1975 - 2007, 2008, giclee and sumi on rives paper, 40" x 72", Exhibited at UB Anderson Gallery

UB Anderson Gallery
MARCH 21 – APRIL 26, 2009

Buffalo, NY – David Munson: TOO BIG TO FAIL, which is free and open to the public, will be on view March 6 through April 26, 2009. There will be a public reception on Saturday, March 21, 6:00-8:00 pm.

Munson is a printmaker that follows a long tradition of political commentary, from the illustrated newspapers that arose out of the industrial revolution to the muckraking cartoonists of the first gilded age. He works almost exclusively in black and white, pen and ink washes, and stone lithographs. Munson’s subject matter is as crisp and forceful as the contrasts of the image on paper, torn from the headlines, but with introspection and intellectual commentary.

Too Big to Fail is a show about the economy, where we are and how we got here. All economies are expressions of ideologies and in times of crisis and failure it’s usually a good time to stand back and reflect on the ideologies that have brought us to the brink, and what we must change so that we can avoid this again. Munson reminds us that we are here because of a string of causalities that began with basic assumptions on the nature of man. He thinks our predicament is best summed up by the testimony of Alan Greenspan before the House of Representatives in October of 2008:

“I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organizations, specifically banks and others, were such as that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and their equity in the firms,” Mr. Greenspan said. “I have found a flaw. I don’t know how significant or permanent it is. But I have been very distressed by that fact.”

Mr. Waxman pressed the former Fed chair to clarify his words. “In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right, it was not working,” Mr. Waxman said.

“Absolutely, precisely,” Mr. Greenspan replied. “You know, that’s precisely the reason I was shocked, because I have been going for 40 years or more with very considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well.”

David Munson Hails originally from New England, and has worn many hats, from gourmet chef to graphic designer to systems administrator at a global outsourcing firm and now lithographer. David began making prints in 1989 and in 2006 graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in Fine Art. He is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts, in the Visual Studies program at the University at Buffalo.

UB Anderson Gallery is supported with funds from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Anderson Gallery Program Fund, and UB Collection Care and Management Endowment Fund.

UB Anderson Gallery, located at One Martha Jackson Place near Englewood and Kenmore, is open Wednesday through Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. For more information, please call (716) 829-3754.

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
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