Political and Social Art Grand Opening
The artwork submitted to this year's Political and Social Art exhibit truly exemplify the state of our world. They are powerful, evocative, and disturbing; addressing the important issues of our time both politically and socially.
We are honored to showcase this thought provoking exhibit and these talented artists.
Please take a moment to view these Award Winners.
The Torture at Abu Ghriab: The work of Max Ginsburg is as confrontational and jarring as it is beautiful in its skillful technique and composition. His work captures the theme of Political/Social Art, using painting as a vehicle to discuss issues of injustice and reflect the current events of our time. Social Realism has been an on-going theme and mission of Ginsburg work, using American realism, and oil painting, a medium art historically dominated by the Old Masters, to confront the viewer with American current events. Ginsburg's breadth of work will continue to document the constant political hypocrisy within the United States where American ideals are overtly contradicted and therefore negated by the actions of those in power.
~Flavia S. Zúñiga-West
1st Place - Katie Broyles
Fate In the Hands of a Child is perfectly named. Katie Broyles masterfully depicts the "weight" of this young child's responsibility, contrasting the light and fluffy cotton, with the movement of his arms and shoulders protecting every inch-weighing him down with each movement. Afraid he might drop even the tiniest bit, he holds on for dear life-for his family's life. Yet it is in his eyes that Broyles truly tells the story, you see his fear, uncertainty, and determination-the struggling soul of this boy. A struggle and a burden a child should never have to carry. ~MarDee Hansen
El Árbol de las Lamentaciones (The Wailing Tree) - The thorns of a cactus tree are brutal, painful to remove, and leave long lasting scars. Wendy Moyer masterfully creates in a simple, yet powerful form, the disturbing representation of the brutality and abuse these women suffer. Even with the reminder of the womens' beauty (the flowers) and their undamaged life before (the garments), you are still left with the everlasting and painful image of the torn bodies and psyches of these women.
The "familiar image" of these rape trees along the borders of our countries, is appalling-they stand as trophies of indifference and disdain. ~Julie Weismann
3rd Place - Rossana Jeran & Martin Diggs
I Voted, is excellent portrayal of the power of objectification and sexualization of women in advertising. The use of text and the body is reminiscent of the work of artist, Barbara Kruger, whose work discusses issues of feminism and consumerism. The faceless woman, represents "beauty myths" still prominent in contemporary society. She is thin, fair skinned, and is large breasted, depicting a typical staple of the advertising world. The juxtaposition of the "I Voted" sticker, dissects the medium of advertising, showing the viewer how hyper-sexualized advertising is, as it takes a product, voting, one that is traditionally presented in conservative or family friendly ways, and the reality of how much we accept nudity when it is not for certain "ideal" ideas. ~Flavia S. Zúñiga-West
There’s Been a Spike in Renditions - A bird, nails and a tube of paint are composed as metaphors telling a dramatic story that is especially chilling because the objects are extraordinarily common and emphasize how easily violence could be or is in our immediate proximity while the complimentary colors Gregg Kumlien uses reflects a society that is inclined to ignore bothersome truths which would tarnish their own view of themselves. Through this beautifully rendered painting and a play on words that again emphasizes our inclination to down play that which is self-disparaging, Kumlien summons us to wake up and take action! ~Charly Swing
Director's Choice - Georgio Russo
Intelligence Square is a thoughtful approach to a poignant moment in political history. Georgio Russo captures the viewer’s attention with the famous image of young John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father’s casket at the funerary procession. Colorful and dreary explosives command the sky behind the imposing federal building while the foundation of the image is composed of media. There is a multitude of media throughout history that references this moment, but Russo selected a diagram on how to achieve public and private victory, and instructions and forms referencing paradigms, effective time management and other ‘habits of highly effective people’. All the players in this historical moment were masters of these characteristics and created paradigm shifts that affected us publicly….and privately, as we are reminded by the young John F. Kennedy Jr. The diagram says public victory leads to interdependence and private victory leads to dependence. I wonder. What were the victories and was anyone truly independent of another? ~Charly Swing
Livio Lilli's stoneware clay grenades are uncomfortably beautiful. These sculptures are controversial, from the use of Norway's flag on weapons, to the confrontation of vital issues such as the impact of weapons sales on a global community. The grenades, lined and tagged with national images, bring Warhol's can's of soup to mind. Lilli is asking the viewer and country to see the "product" in which they are selling. Politically and socially relevant to our times, "A Question of Responsibility" is aptly named, asking the viewer as a citizen to consider our exports, and our role in a global community given the economic, political and environmental adversities facing us in the future. ~Flavia S. Zúñiga-West