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Oil on Canvas: Works by Robert Hannant, Rajko Radovanovic and Juna 

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In the wake of the torrent of oil spilling into the Gulf came a gusher of art shows and artistic responses to the BP blowout. That is not surprising because art is almost always part of the collective process of working through widespread trauma. Rajko Radovanovic's Last Line of Defense at Good Children Gallery is a visualization of what is ordinarily a verbal concept. In his photographs, many American flags appear on marsh grasses, on Grand Isle beaches and along the water south of Venice. "America's Wetlands" is an abstraction when written, but here the flag literally appears on shifting sands and in places where delicate estuaries form the frontier between our best hopes and our worst fears. The view is stark and repetitive, but the point is well taken. Robert Hannant's Is the Oil Here? is a three-panel video with an acrobatic female model enacting a kind of psychodrama performance, dancing and contorting on cars in a parking garage and on the deck of the ferry, among other places. Oil is everywhere in the form of plastic and fuel if we look for it, but recognizing that ubiquity becomes unsettling as we realize the true price we pay for our conveniences. The rapidly shifting, quick-cut video editing lends a semi-hypnotic cohesion to imagery that might otherwise seem overwrought.

  Very different are the raw folk-pop paintings by the artist named Juna at the Yellow Moon. Oil Soup, which actually predates the spill, is a play on Warhol's iconic soup can, but with a bowl of crude oil on the label. A visual blunt instrument, its gag-inducing message works well with her other equally pithy images — and a recently uncovered Mike Frolich mural — amid all the other colorful exotica on view at the convivial 9th Ward oasis. — D. Eric Bookhardt

Is the Oil Here? A Snapshot: Video and Pictures by Robert Hannant

Last Line of Defense: Documentation of Interventions by Rajko Radovanovic

Through Aug. 7

Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Ave., 616-7427; www.goodchildrengallery.com

No Oil Paintings: Recent Work by Juna

Through Aug. 2

Yellow Moon Bar, 800 France St., 944-0441; www.yellowmoonbar.com

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