Last week, elections were held locally and nationally across America. Democracy is being transformed and contorted into a new mold. Artists have the ability to speak through creative expressions and actions. The upcoming TRANSFORMATION exhibit at Gallery MC (re:artiste) in New York City provides opportunity. My four artworks REVOLUTION, TRUTH, CLIMATE CHANGE,and INFANT DETENTION will be featured.
The exhibit’s concept: “Change and transformation is the only thing we cannot avoid. We live in a world that is transforming even faster than ever in many different ways, either positive or negative. We would like to see artworks motivated by any kind of transformations we all experience:
- Wave of immigration, both voluntary and involuntary
- Human rights transformation (including racial inequality, feminist movements, LGBTG social movements, and more)
- Beauty transformation related to social expectations, culture, aging, and more
- Personal transformation – psychological and beyond”
REVOLUTION and TRUTH artwork 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 follow but question, organize, and demand the highest standards preserving truth and justice.
CLIMATE CHANGE artwork description: A standard projecting directional sign has been repurposed altering its function. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement. According to Trump: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese to order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” The rest of the world will lead fighting to make planet Earth habitable for future generations. Meanwhile, America will be swimming under its own ignorance and denial of science. The Union of Concerned Scientists predict by 2100 the high-end global average range of sea level rise could be 78 inches.
INFANT DETENTION artwork description: A standard projecting directional sign has been repurposed altering its function. President Donald J. Trump consistently employs derogatory and racist comments towards immigrants. The administration implemented a “zero tolerance” policy of separating asylum-seekers from families at the border. Children and infants are being held in “Tender Age” shelters a.k.a. tents, cages, and detention centers. America has a disturbing history of separating families including slavery, Native American boarding schools, and Japanese-American internments to name a few.
From re:artiste’s website: “Art is a powerful peacemaking force. Think about human history – in many cases we use works of art as an evidence of the historical and social events, an illustration of human lifestyle and feelings, in a historic discourse. Through the eyes of artists and photographers we see the world. Through the artists’ vision we are able to view the unseen.”
Art must speak to the human experience. Bravo to organizations like re:artiste for providing platforms that showcase courage and free speech. Alternative realities and facts must be confronted. Transformation begins and ends in truth.
TRANSFORMATION, re:artiste, Gallery MC, New York, New York, December 7-21, 2018.