One piece on display in OsCene 2010 is McLean Fahnestock's St. Clare of Burbank.
The artist recreates a moment in history when television viewers across the country watched the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 20, 1969. Viewers are able to experience what that moment was like—when everyone was asked to accept that what they were seeing via grainy and ghost-like imagery was real, not a staged event on a B-movie set. The moon walk was a miracle, and the title of the work—St. Clare of Burbank—is a reference to Saint Clare of Assisi (1194-1253), a nun who toward the end of her life, when she was too ill to attend Mass, reportedly was able to see and hear it on the wall of her room. In 1958, Pope Pius XII designated her as the patron saint of television. Fahnestock raises the question of faith, “faith in the achievements of science, faith in the truth telling of television, and faith in things that cannot be seen or experienced first hand.”
So, for you weekend, make a trip to see the work by Fahnestock and the other talented local artists featured in OsCene!!