MATTERS

Content Matters (image source: https://marinmoca.org/exhibitions/).

Saturday evening was the Content Matters opening reception at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, California.  It was a beautiful drive to a community arts center that supports creative expression.  In addition to impressive exhibitions, the MarinMOCA houses working studios and classes.  Support here is inclusive and consistent.

Crowd.

This is my third exhibition at MarinMOCA in eleven years.  The first was Paperworks! in 2008 and second AbstrAction in 2017 with an Honorable Mention.  MarinMOCA continues to be a consistent platform for artists.  From website: “…Most of our exhibitions are free to the public and we rely on individual donations, memberships, and corporate sponsorships to accomplish our mission to provide contemporary art, art education, and artistic opportunities for Marin County.”

From the AbstrAction exhibition:

According to the call: “Content Matters is an exhibit of 47 artists who use their media to examine and illuminate our turbulent times.  The show is juried by well-known San Francisco gallerist, Jack Fischer, who explains: ‘In an age of non-stop politically-charged circumstances and events, art can help us understand, and make sense of, the world around us.’  From ‘in-your-face’ imagery to more nuanced content, visitors will encounter artwork that is a response to the challenging issues of our time….San Francisco gallerist Jack Fischer has been exhibiting artists for over 15 years…”

Artists.

My artworks (clear braille on polymer) REVOLUTION and VOTE were selected.  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.

REVOLUTION, clear braille on polymer.
VOTE, clear braille on polymer.

Unfortunately, Jack Fischer was unable to lead a “walk and talk” tour prior to the reception.  MarinMOCA shared a statement that discussed the Content Matters selections.  The jurying process can be challenging and time consuming.  However, Fischer’s wisdom and experience was on full display.

Simultaneously Functioning II, Kristen Brown.
Betty, Sawyer Rose.
Hookup, Stephanie Robison.
Let go Internment Camping!, James Shefik.
Render, Glenn Carter.

It’s incredible to be included with a dedicated roster of artists.  From a FORM + FIELD interview, Jack Fischer: “I am lucky to be inspired on a daily basis by everything, from a story in the news to a crushed can in the street.”  Nevertheless, art persists and content does matter.

Jenny, REVOLUTION, and VOTE.

Content Matters.  MarinMoCA. Novato, CA.  June 15-August 4, 2019.

Link:

www.jennyebalisle.com

https://marinmoca.org/exhibitions/

https://www.jackfischergallery.com/

https://www.formandfield.com/blog/2018/6/1/behind-the-scenes-8-questions-with-sfs-jack-fischer-gallery

https://marinmoca.org/exhibitions/2017/

https://marinmoca.org/core/files/marinmoca/uploads/files/Accepted%20Entries%20Content%20Matters2.pdf

https://www.formandfield.com/blog/2018/6/1/behind-the-scenes-8-questions-with-sfs-jack-fischer-gallery

http://www.stephanierobison.com/

http://jamesshefik.com/

http://www.sawyerrose.com/

http://www.kristenbrownart.com/

http://glenncarterartist.com/

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