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20 posts categorized "Resistance"

October 02, 2017


Frame of Power


Distraction

In the recent piece by Carina Chocano (Attention Deficit, @nytimes Magazine), we learn that "how we are directed to look at something determines what we are. Framing is important ... because framing is power." She sites the work of author #JohnBerger (Ways of Seeing) which delves into how a person who says things like "let's keep politics out of it" and "let's stay focused and not get distracted" IS being political by the very fact that that they are shaping what gets framed into the picture, they are shaping what is discussed.

 

So today, in the wake of the act of terrorism in #LasVegas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in the press room in response to a journalist asking about gun control policies that "now is not the time to talk about Gun Control." In other words, now IS the time to continue marginalizing the topic of gun control as a "distraction." Framing.

 

When #ColinKaepernick peacefully takes a knee to shine light on the killings of unarmed black people by bad cops, power seeks to not just marginalize but demonize such non-violent acts of protest as "distractions" that inconvenience 'mericans who want to just watch ball (or just watch the Emmys or just watch ESPN or just enjoy (fill in the blank)). Cause Trump doesn't like his entertainment interrupted or being inconvenienced ... because ... all together now: "NOW is NOT the TIME" ... and if he could, he'd fire that brown-skinned "son of a bitch" and any others who don't neatly yield to his frame of power.

 

#thetimeisnow #resist #getintheframe

#resistancelog #artandactivismlog #blacklivesmatter does not mean #anticop it means #antibadcop

 

October 01, 2017


565 Pendejo


Pendejo565 Pendejo
6 inches, diameter :: original free motion stitching and watercolor on cotton
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Earlier this year, I made this in response to the ill-conceived commercial made by a soda company that I felt trivialized race relations. When the push-back from the public happened, the company fumbled again, as they groveled at the feet of Kendall Jenner who was in the commercial rather than addressing the offensive ad. #theoutrage​ #resistancelog #artandactivismlog

August 23, 2017


Matters of Importance (Again)


Matters

When I was a new immigrant to this country, I was the only girl of Korean descent in the elementary school that I attended in #Bakersfield, California.There was a bully named Andrea who used to slap my face regularly.I told my family about this and Marilyn, from our sponsoring American family, started coaching me with my limited English skills and told me the next time it happened, I should look at Andrea in the face and say "Stop it!" And so I did.But it didn't work.

 

So the next thing I knew, Marilyn accompanied me to school & asked me "Where's Andrea?" I pointed her out & witnessed Marilyn going over to talk to Andrea & telling her in no uncertain terms that she was to stop slapping me.

 

It worked. Andrea heard Marilyn loud and clear. Even though I was different, I mattered. 

If someone had said to Marilyn "But what about Andrea? Doesn't she matter too?" Marilyn probably would have said "Of course she matters. But I'm here not because someone is slapping Andrea. I'm here because Jenny is being slapped. And I'm not going to not do or say anything about that." I think that when a nation has a long-standing track record of killing unarmed Black people, it is not illogical for someone witnessing that to speak up. And when the witness stands to speak, they may say something like "Stop it!" Or a collective community of witnesses may say it another way, like #BlackLivesMatter

 

To me, those three words don't mean that other lives don't matter. Because of course Jenny matters & Andrea matters too. This great nation protects the right for Marilyn to speak up and get involved & it protects a collective group of like-minded & concerned witnesses to stand together ... to state the case and shine light on matters of importance.

 

(I am re-posting today, this story of mine which I originally posted on July 12, 2016. #IStandWithKaepernick )

 

August 17, 2017


547 First Stone


Withoutsin547 First Stone
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image by @giacomo.spaconi for this work.

When the continued to question Him, He straightened up and said to them, "Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her." (John 8:7)

#resist #fakechristianity

August 15, 2017


546 I Still Resist


Resist546 I Still Resist
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on canvas board
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This is the demo painting I made today while teaching a private painting session. /// I've heard sentences come out of defenders of 45 that sound something like this: "He can't be racist or Anti-Semitic ... after all, his son-in-law is Jewish and his daughter has converted to Judaism." And 45 himself might even point to other ironies in his life to say "See? Look at the women and the people of color in my life."

The thing is, just because the likes of 45 has a Jewish son-in-law or a Black cabinet member or a female staff member doesn't mean that he regards them as equal. White supremacy is a practice of allowing "the others" to exist but in a manner where his status reins supremely over them. So yeah, Jared can be in his family. But Jared had better know his fucking place in the family because it is 45's base that recently chanted "We will not be replace by Jews" and it is his base that also chanted "Fuck you faggots." And just because 45 wants to fuck women he grabs by the pussy doesn't mean he wants them to be regarded on the same level as men.

Black Lives Matter isn't a movement that seeks to be supreme over others. It's a movement that is saying "There is deficiency in training that is causing certain poorly trained police who are shooting and killing unarmed Black humans. And this needs to stop because Black lives don't not matter. They matter."

#resistancelog #resist #whitesupremacy #resist

August 08, 2017


Beauty and Function


UtilityMarcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was an American-French painter who liked mocking high art. He is famous for installing everyday objects like a snow shovel, a urinal and other things into gallery settings to ignite discourse about what is and isn't art. His thought was that if we just look at a snow shovel as an object of utility, we won't recognize its aesthetic qualities. Similarly, Christo Javacheff (1935-   ) is a Bulgarian artist who removes the utilitarian aspect of a thing ... usually by wrapping it in fabric in order for the viewer to see the aesthetics of the thing, without bias that can be related to its function.

Then there are abstract artists like Mark Rothko and Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich and Gerhard Richter who didn't wrap objects or hang urinals in galleries but presented fields of color and other abstracted expressions in an effort to move away from the "baggage" associated with representational paintings and/or realism.  Meh.

It's not that I dislike such works. Especially Rothko. I actually love his works. The thing about abstract work (especially contemporary abstract art) is that I'm dubious about whether the art reflects any real skills or any real message. You know ... like the "sewist" who makes a hot mess with fabrics in the name of "freeform" and "be free there's no mistake in art" ... when actually the person doesn't have basic sewing skills and so it's about avoiding certain stitches rather than reinventing/abstracting them ... it bothers me.

Dada-ists would argue back to me that chance is more important than skill. The point being that if art is to reflect life, not everything in a work should be planned and derived from skill. That chance/accidents happen in life ... and that therefore art ought to make room for it too. Touché.

All of these thoughts were dancing in my head while I was washing the dishes. And looking at my cutting board that is used and washed about 6 times a day in our house. Even without wrapping it like Christo or hanging it in a gallery like Duchamp ... wouldn't you agree that it is both utilitarian AND beautiful?

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June 02, 2017


#resistancelog (contemplation issue)


ContemplateSometimes, in response to what I see happen in the world, I find my art responding. The response could be:

  • an illustration of 22 pink balloons floating into the sky as I contemplate the lives that were lost by a radicalized suicide bomber in #Manchester, England.
  • an oil portrait of a 15-year-old #JordanEdwards as I contemplate how another unarmed Black male was shot to death by a cop in Dallas, Texas.
  • an illustration made with crumpled receipts to point out the ironies of my ecologically-aware yet consumption-driven lifestyle.

Sometimes I hear people ask "What's the solution?"

And I guess what I want to say in response to that is that I don't know, AND
I don't think solutions are linear or simple. X + Y doesn't necessarily = Z.

With social problems so deep-rooted, I wonder if an artist's ability to feel and express and contemplate increases our ability to empathize and better understand matters. And perhaps this is a mightily high service that art delivers to the world ... a service that inspires critical thinking and deep-end feeling ... and moments of honest contemplation ... about society and about self. 

#manchesterunited #blacklivesmatter #contemplation #artandactivism #resistancelog

May 23, 2017


#resistancelog (Merry Christmas edition)


OyChelsea Handler recently went bowling and hung out with three Trump supporters in an effort to better understand Trump supporters. After they bowled, she asked them to name one thing that had caused them to connect with Trump.

You wanna know what the first person said in response to that? He said, "It's when he [Trump] said he was going to bring Merry Christmas back to the white house ..."

So then I tried to recall whether Obama said "Merry Christmas" during his tenure. I Googled it. And you know what came up? Video after video after video of him saying "Merry Christmas." And Michelle saying "Merry Christmas." They also said "Happy Holidays."

But I guess when a Black president says "Merry Christmas" it's not heard by some.

 

May 21, 2017


Separation of Church and State


 

Resist

Protect separation of church and state and reproductive freedom.

#resist #misogyny #malesupremacy #bullshit #mikepence #nolitetebastardescarborundorum #istandwithplannedparenthood

 
 

May 04, 2017


#resistancelog (Nolite te bastardes carborundorum edition)


NoliteThis morning, I woke up to read a few sentences that Mike Pence continues to release to the universe ... including "This is the first time in a long time America has an administration filled top to bottom with pro-lifers" and "Life is winning." As though the destiny of my body is some sort of win-lose game.

These disgusting sentences reflect a desire to control women's bodies. And they almost sound unbelievable ... like they are fictional ... like they are straight out of the pages of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel: The Handmaid's Tale. Have you read it? It's a horrific vision of what could happen when male supremacy strips away the rights of women ... where our bodies and our minds are no longer ours. There's a new breathtaking version being told by @handmaidsonhulu @reedmorano that chills me to the bone ... and reminds me that things like this don't happen over night. They happen over time ... when male supremacists like Pence are not challenged and resisted.

And so ... on this day when Fascist45, Cowardly Ryan, and the GOP aim to repeal the Affordable Care Act once and for all (but only after they exempt their own healthcare by preserving the ACA's coverage for their own lives) as they aim to kill more sick, poor humans, especially the women ... I resist.

#resist #misogyny #thehandmaidstale #margaretatwood #nolitetebastardescarborundorum #dontletthebastardsgrindyoudown #istandwithplannedparenthood #separationofchurchandstate #resistancelog #lockthemup
Photo credit: Nick Holmes

 

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