June 1, 2017 6:00 pm - July 2, 2017 9:00 pm
A group exhibition at FL!GHT coordinated by Tommy Gregory
Exhibition dates: June 1 – July 2, 2017 @Flight Gallery
EXHIBITION STATEMENT: by Casey Arguelles Gregory
What is the responsibility of art and artists in a fractured, fraught, and potentially dangerous political climate? This question has been asked and answered in different ways throughout history. The only constant is a pervasive fear of art by those who would oppress. (Ironically, they understand almost better than we do the power of art.) This is why it’s the first thing dismantled, smashed, or ridiculed by an oppressive regime. One can imagine a pile of icons and temples, books and paintings destroyed and incinerated as a ghostly tower of babel- the repository of culture and knowledge vanished, rendered impotent. The artists in this exhibition have decided, whether overtly in their work, or through their continuing presence as a force for the enlightened, to actively work against political oppression. Each works in their own way to further the cause of curiosity and exploration that iconoclasts would seek to banish. Through art and political action, they meet the responsibility of artists as activists.
Featured artists: Nick Barbee, Ed Blackburn, Jimmy Castillo, Kristen Cleburne, K.C. Collins, Casey Arguelles Gregory, Tommy Gregory, Mat Kubo, Aaron Munoz, Brendan O’Connell, Kyle Olson, Howard Sherman, Kelli Vance, George Zupp