Christopher Burch: One Who Sings With No Tongue Is Either Damned or Divine

When: Fri., Nov. 13, 7-11 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 12-3 p.m. Continues through Nov. 28 2015

In folklore and mythology, the trickster figure is both admired and feared because of their intelligence. It's a double-edged sword that allows them to cut through the obstacles that hold them back, but it's also a weapon that makes them dangerous. In African-American folklore, Br'er Rabbit is the prime example of the hero who you respect but keep at arms length -- too much trouble follows that guy around. Artist Christopher Burch celebrates this dichotomy in his ongoing graphic narrative, The Missed Adventures of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Death in the Land of Shadows. For the new installment of the project, One Who Sings With No Tongue Is Either Damned or Divine, Burch combines fine art illustration techniques and the looser style of comic book art with his own "afro-surreal" aesthetics to recast Br'er Rabbit and his own creation Br'er Death as active fighters in a war of resistance against the hostile lands they find themselves in. The show opens with a free reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, November 13, at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (2713 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; The work remains up through Saturday, November 28, and the gallery is open noon to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission