The “Soldier” series by Suzanne Opton was previously featured and gigantic billboards in nine US cities and set off enough people to spark a debate about the image of America’s military.


Presumably, such portraiture doesn’t bode well for recruitment — heads plastered sideways, eyes heavy or pressed shut, weathered, unguarded faces letting slip that 355 days in Iraq of 295 days in Afghanistan have been hell and it’s less “be all you can be” and more “what am I still doing here?” Blow up to 40″ x 50″ archival prints, pair them with portraits of blanket-wrapped veterans undergoing war trauma treatments, and it gets grisly.

It really grinds. There’s still time to see them at: “Soldier/Many Wars,” Suzanne Opton, Jan 5 – Feb 11, Platform Gallery, Seattle