“speaking while listening” is an installation exhibition including paper, fabric, concrete, steel, wood, and text components. The arrangement of the components detail the experience Chris Wubbena and his father, Ed Wubbena, had during their return to Vietnam.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 24, 2010 — The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum will present “speaking while listening – chris wubbena” July 2 to Sept. 12. Two receptions are scheduled for this special exhibition. The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the artist from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 2, with a gallery talk at 5 p.m. and a closing reception from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, with a gallery talk at 6 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Sept. 12. “speaking while listening” is an installation exhibition including paper, fabric, concrete, steel, wood, and text components. The arrangement of the components detail the experience Chris Wubbena and his father, Ed Wubbena, had during their return to Vietnam. Ed Wubbena is a Vietnam/American War veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “The initial concept of the piece was to accompany my father back to Vietnam as he speaks, while listening to those he meets in the country that haunts him daily. However, the project has expanded greatly as more and more people have opened up and expressed their own particular interests in speaking while listening,” Chris Wubbena said. “We saw destruction related to U.S. involvement and incredible third-world poverty. But we also witnessed so much more. In the face of past devastation, we saw a country with eyes firmly and optimistically set on the future.”
“The overall aim of the installation is to express the complexity and challenges of the time, but to arrive at intervals of beauty. War is not a beautiful activity. It makes people commit acts otherwise inconceivable,” he said. “However, those who are affected by war are faced with the overwhelming challenge at some point to come to terms with the past in order to better the present and future. This installation is about being honest with our past in order to create something better for our collective future.” Chris Wubbena is associate professor in the department of art at Southeast Missouri State University. The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum is the sponsor of this exhibition. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 651-2301.