RESIST/RELEASE

Call (image source: https://www.resistathon.com/call-for-artists).

Resistance arrives in many forms.  Monday October 8th is the opening reception for the Resist/Release exhibit at Code & Canvas in San Francisco.  The exhibition is the kick-off for several local groups hosting a week-long “Resist-A-Thon’” for recruitment, mobilization, and art.  Organizations are organizing and creators are creating.  We the people are working together for positive change.

Women’s March, Washington DC, 2017.

From Resist-A-Thon: “…The show features work by 25+ Bay Area artists responding to the election of the Trump administration in 2016 and its aftermath.  The show will feature photography, video, paintings and installations, providing a space to explore what it means to face the current injustices and threats to freedom of speech, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, racial equality and justice, individual rights, and women’s rights.”  My artworks VOTE, FREE SPEECH, and CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS will be featured in the exhibit.

VOTE, clear braille on polymer.
FREE SPEECH, clear braille on polymer.

VOTE  and FREE SPEECH description: Lady Justice is a symbol of impartiality in our judicial system.  Standing stoically with a scale in one hand and a sword in the other, she is blindfolded representing that power, status, or money has no influence.  A standard braille sign becomes repurposed by altering its function.  The art serves as a marker questioning how special interests have weakened the fundamental principles of democracy.  Citizens must not blindly follow but question, organize, and demand the highest standards preserving truth and justice.

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS, custom cross-stitch.

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS description: My art practice investigates symbols of influence and power that impact perception.  Since becoming president, Donald J. Trump has broken political norms including alienating allies, befriending enemies, disrespecting journalists, and undermining institutions.  The constant gaslighting of truth has created a constitutional crisis leaving lasting impacts on democracy.  Hopefully, the Founding Fathers anticipated foreign electoral intervention along with a megalomaniac barreling America into a kleptocracy and autocracy.

Organizations (image source: https://www.resistathon.com/call-for-artists).

The following groups Swing Left San Francisco, Sister District Project SF, Indivisible SF, Ladies of the Resistance, Democracy Action, Resistance Labs, and SF Democratic Party are hosting the “Resist-a-Thon.”   From the Ladies of the Resistance website: “We work in support of women, families, immigrants, the environment, science, civil liberties, equality, and democracy.  We reject the racist, misogynist, fascist, fear-based policies set forth by the current administration and their Republican allies.”

Women’s March, Washington DC, 2017.

November 6th is midterm election day in the United States.  From Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech: “The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.”  We need to be the change and it starts you.

Vote!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.

Monday October 8th Resist/Release opening tickets (all proceeds help get out the vote):

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resistrelease-art-exhibition-opening-night-resist-a-thon-kickoff-tickets-49535122886

Code and Canvas (image source: http://www.codeandcanvas.org/).

Resist/Release.  October 8-14, 2018.  Code & Canvas.  San Francisco, CA.

Links:

www.jennyebalisle.com

http://www.codeandcanvas.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1618805238226017/

https://www.resistathon.com/call-for-artists

https://actionnetwork.org/groups/swing-left-san-francisco

https://www.sisterdistrictsf.com/

https://indivisiblesf.org/

https://www.ladiesoftheresistance.org/

https://demaction.us/

https://resistancelabs.com/

https://www.sfdemocrats.org/

https://www.nps.gov/mlkm/index.htm

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