Five East Central University senior students — Blake Hargrove, Jack Aday, Brandon Arnold, Candace Sweatt and Dinah Boydstun — are showcasing their art exhibits from now until early December at the Pogue Art Gallery inside the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

Hargrove will exhibit a piece called ‘Genetically Modified Organism’ from Nov. 28-29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. His reception is from 4-6 p.m. on Nov. 29. Hargrove’s work comments on America’s ever-growing obesity epidemic and uses overweight individuals as metaphors for current political and social issues which are currently shaping the nation.

He links images of obese individuals with corporations and political institutions that he believes fuel the problem by placing their products within his pieces. His obese figures are not just literal representations of problems with self-control and blind consumerism, but are also used as analogies for policies and cultural practices that have become distinctly American.

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