Lady Picture Show

lady picture show40″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist)

In “Lady Picture Show” Riel appropriates the title of a song, along with the sultry image of an exotic dancer, from a music video by the rock group “Stone Temple Pilots”. Again, interpersonal relationships are cast as a game of chance and competition, this time, a card game with men striving to become Kings of Hearts and women, Queens of Hearts. The Best Man, on the other hand, is happy to play the Joker. It is a much safer role, and less likely to cause heartache. – ALLAN J. RYAN, Riel Benn’s “Best Man”: An Unlikely Successor to Iktomi’s Trickster Legacy, AMERICAN INDIAN ART MAGAZINE, SPRING 2010

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