SUPERPOWER

an MFA exhibition by Chad R. Penner

April 16-20, 2018

McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

 

Superpower explores the relationship between the idea of American exceptionalism and America’s intimate relationship with and affinity toward violence.  Penner allegorizes these concepts in monumental drawings, using popular superheroes to function as symbols of an idealized America.  These superheroes epitomize the superhero genre’s emblematic theme of resolution through conflict, paralleling America’s own historical and cultural associations with violence.  Penner’s lifelong interest in superheroes and comics affords a lens through which to question cultural and racial violence in America.

MFA Thesis Documentation

Superpower by Chad Penner

Superpower Exhibition View
Superpower Exhibition View
Superpower Exhibition View
Superpower Exhibition View
Superpower Exhibition View
Superpower Exhibition View
Superpower Exhibition View
Superpower Exhibition View
America's Altar
America's Altar

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 8.5' x 5.5'. 2017.

America's Altar (detail)
America's Altar (detail)

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 8.5' x 5.5'. 2017.

Manifest Destiny
Manifest Destiny

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 8.5' x 5.5'. 2017.

Manifest Destiny (detail)
Manifest Destiny (detail)

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 8.5' x 5.5'. 2017.

Hung
Hung

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 8.5' x 5.5'. 2017.

Hung (detail)
Hung (detail)

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 8.5' x 5.5'. 2017.

Street Justice
Street Justice

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 8.5' x 5.5'. 2018.

Mourning the Lost Cause
Mourning the Lost Cause

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 8.5' x 5.5'. 2018.

Liberty's Light
Liberty's Light

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 8.5' x 5.5'. 2018.

Do Not Resist
Do Not Resist

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 8.5' x 6'. 2018.

Judgement (Captain America)
Judgement (Captain America)

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 101" x 49". 2018.

Judgement (Superman)
Judgement (Superman)

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 105" x 52". 2018.

Judgement (Wonder Woman)
Judgement (Wonder Woman)

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 101" x 49". 2018.

Judgement Triptych
Judgement Triptych

Charcoal and pastel on paper. 8.5' x 12.5'. 2018.