DARKER GAYER DIFFERNT is part of New Proverbs, an exclusive line of protest signs made by Paul Chan and Badlands Unlimited. They first premiered at the history making Million Women's March in Washington D.C. and New York, January 21, 2017, and have since appeared at several monumental public protests around the US. The phrase comes from former Fox News executive vice president John Moody, who wrote in a news column bemoaning the diversity of the 2018 US winter Olympic team. Moody wrote, "Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’. It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different’.”
Rashid Johnson’s "Anxious Man" Tee reflects our collective anxiety. His Anxious Man/Anxious Audience series was created as a response to police shootings of unarmed black men, and the troubling rift that’s been growing between Americans since the election of Donald Trump.
As the artist says, “We should feel tremendous anxiety, and that should be the emotion that leads us to the fucking ballot.”
18 & Stormy is based on a composite image constructed of photographs of the eighteen women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, plus Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress paid $130,000 for her silence by Donald Trump’s personal attorney shortly before the 2016 Presidential Election.
The work draws on the history of composite photography, including the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, who first experimented with the process in the 1920s, as well as the work of anthropologist Francis Galton, who conducted composite photography experiments in the Victorian era.
Kick Against the Pricks
10 1/2 x 28” inches
Two color silkscreen on coated paper
Edition of 30
Published by Two Palms, NY
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The ring of a bell serves as a call, reminder and marker of time. My handmade clay bells, flooded in uniquely painted blue glaze, are meant to serve as a call to action and a reminder to stay alert and engaged while making plenty of constructive “noise”. Like a vote, the ring of a bell grows stronger when joined by others and suggests the hope that we may soon “Vote Out the Ding Dongs” and create a Blue Wave for 2018 as a roar of protest and a ring of hope.
- Arlene Shechet, 2018
Marlene McCarty for Downtown for Democracy
Artist Statement: As our elected officials blatantly erode our Democracy we the people are taking action. We resist – proposition – raise money - deliberate - demonstrate – and even put our bodies in the street but our ultimate power lies in the voting booth. The voting booth is where we can decide the future. VOTE on 11.06.18 and 11.03.20
"Moratorium (Gold Rainbow American Flag)" is an update of Jasper John's poster "Flag (Moratorium)," which was commissioned to commemorate the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, a series of protests throughout the US in 1969. Horowitz's work sounds a final note in the artist's series of Rainbow Flag paintings, each of which is based on a different Johns Flag painting. Reflecting a world tarnished by gold, Horowitz's "Moratorium" draws an analogy between the division, crisis, and mobilized resistance that the country experienced during the Vietnam War, and what is happening today under the dangerous, divisive, erratic and anti-democratic charge of Donald Trump and his administration.
“The Battle between Carnival and Lent is a depiction of greed and foolishness, hypocrisy, falseness, idiotic excess and mockery. That is why it seemed a fitting image for these times. But the image also contains a liveliness and wit that makes it impossible to despair. The image is a copy of Pieter Breughel's painting of the same name - it shows the contrast of virtue and vice; self-denial versus self-indulgence, and the folly of both.” - Cecily Brown, 2017