Edmond artist tackles celebrity, sexuality at Mainsite 

Britney Spears repackaged as a religious icon and a 14-inch stainless-steel cucumber are among Jeff Hamilton's blunt new work debuting Friday at Norman's Mainsite Contemporary Art gallery.

A tabloid photo of Spears lopping off her locks during her infamous meltdown last year comprises the larger of Hamilton's two pieces. The pop-tart image is surrounded by a handcrafted replica of a gilded 17th-century Italian frame, complete with religious imagery.

His works were a late addition to a show featuring oil paintings by Jeff Dodd and the J. Michele Martin-Coyne photo series of The Flaming Lips' 2007 world tour. The exhibit runs through March 28.

ENCHANTING
"My work expresses a dedication and attachment to experiences," he said. "It also represents my willingness to derive authority from consensus."

Hamilton designed the cucumber piece because of the overt sexual connotations of a giant steel gourd, he said.

"Art is a commercial voice as much as a dialogue between two people," he said. "What really works in advertising, theater or life is a sense of enchantment and the common thread of all the things I'm doing is enchantment "? a sense of adventure." "?Charles Martin

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