Below is a list of articles on Art Action Day and other groups marking one year of Trump.
Artists Respond to One Year of Trump With Protest Art
Artists Who Want To Change The World Should Innovate, Not Just Resist
Art Is Essential To Democracy
And a shout out to my friends in Grand Forks, ND putting this on a little event called Punk in the Trump Era....If you are in the area, hit them up. Be sure to ask Bill for his bag/drive of digital goodies
In collaboration with The Federation's Art Action Day, my students created these small, low-brow photocopier books that commented on some aspect of American culture. Students were to then shopdrop them around the city. Below are shots of every book, every page. Enjoy.
In collaboration with The Federation's Art Action Day marking one year since Trump's inauguration, my paperworks class made small collage books that engaged some aspect of culture deemed important to them. The group urges that art is essential to democracy and this little project allows each student to put their voice out into the world on particular topics. Students picked themes of multilingualism, homelessness, immigration, religion, among others.
Students collected collage materials, assembled them into this easily reproducible low-brow book form. We then scanned them, had multiples printed via a photocopier. Students are then to "shopdrop" them around the city. Shopdropping is defined as "To covertly place objects on display in a store. A form of "culture jamming" s. reverse shoplift, droplift." This seemed like a good subversive form of dissemination that connects to the theme of the work and Art Action Day. Students are to then document the shopdropping process with their phones.
Tomorrow, on Art Action Day, I will post images of the books themselves and the shop dropping.
I did a thing...If you want a copy of that thing, you can get one here.
This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in an event put on by one of my students, Cassie Stauffer. As part of her internship with Lutheran Campus Ministries, she organized a Art and Faith event with artists sharing their work, a gallery with Micah Bloom and my work, musical and dance performances, and I got to preach. Well, its not my strong suit, but here it is in all its Facebook Live glory.
I am thankful for events like this...I could have preached on a lot of ideas relating the two worlds of faith and art, but it just happened that the event fell on the lectionary's celebration of the Annunciation to Mary...so there was only one way to go for me...through Madeleine L'Engle's Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art.
Tonight after work I popped in at the Taube to check out the exhibit since I'll miss the reception on Thursday. This is the second photo show that the Taube has put on for local photographers. The collection comes from the lenses of amateurs, students, and professionals. Both shows have been nice surveys of what those photographers are looking at...it appears a lot of pretty nature shots and old buildings. I suspect that this is what most people want from photographs...something pretty to put on their wall...likely on canvas, possibly with overwrought HDR and selective coloring. Its fine I guess (well not in my classes its not), its just not very interesting to me. One of my hopes as I teach is to help students see the difference between mere decoration and replication of the world around them and using photography as way to convey ideas.
Below are shots of my 3 pieces in the show. They are some of the pieces that I made on my Visiting Artist gig down at Northwestern College last month. The work certainly stands out from other work in the show...for one, its 3d. Additionally its not "pretty landscapes, but image transfers, photo-lithographs, and its a mix of original and appropriated imagery on plywood. While I will be at my reception at the University of Dayton in Ohio on Thursday night, I am curious what the general public has to say about the work...if anything.
My cynical side suspects that those eavesdropping might hear, "Why is that art?", "Why is that photography?", "Why?." Now, if they ask with genuine interest rather than dismissiveness, then the work is partially successful.
This week I had the privilege of going home to my alma mater, Northwestern College in Orange City, Ia. Not only did I have time with the visiting artist role, it was the opening to my solo show titled Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid. My goal during the week was to make some work, work with some students, and just enjoy being home again. Overall, I am pleased with the work I was able to make...only more time would have been better. I am thankful for the opportunity to spend time with students and faculty at NWC!
Today, I am at home watching my son, prepping for digital photography class tonight where we will talk about poetics and photography. The class has several obscure readings from way outside the field of photography to help guide some conversations on seeing. We also will discuss synesthesia, a little color theory, and spend time reading and writing poetry, as well as listening to music (which is where their assignment sends them).