Sunday September 19, 2021 debuts an art installation on Texas Avenue celebrating the life of Charles Fontane. His widow, filmmaker Kathryn Usher, created the installation. Charles died September 16, 2011 as a result of an opioid overdose. It was unintentional. Charles’s story is part of the opioid crisis in the U.S.
Kathryn’s new works are printed by image transfer onto ordinary white flour sack towels — the kind used in many homes for drying dishes.
The images show the many sides of Charles’s life — including being a dad, a husband, and community member. The images themselves are taken from the animation loops in her new film “The Bears We Wrestle” (TBWW). TBWW is a five minute animated short written and directed by Kathryn.
The outdoor installation is called “Sad Shorts” because for the first year of her widowhood Kathryn wore one pair of her husband’s brown cargo shorts. Her daughter called them her “sad shorts.”
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Kathryn has opted for an outdoor installation so viewers can socially distance themselves as they walk or drive along the half city block installation. At the time of the opening that section of Texas Avenue is shaded.
The opening is from 2 PM – 4 PM Sunday September 19, 2021. The work is installed on top of Kathryn’s 2017 mural “Non-Binary” located at 864 Texas Avenue, directly across from Caddo Common Park