South Bay Contemporary presents:
DEAR PRESIDENT: An art show about important American Issues
January 14 – February 19, 2017
January 14, 4-7 pm, Saturday: Artists’ Reception,
*Songwriters perform at 5:30
February 2, 6-9 pm: First Thursday San Pedro Art Walk
February 19, 3-5 pm: Artist Talk
Dear President is an art exhibition corresponding with the presidential inauguration in January 2017. The artwork being shown touches on issues that face our country. The art will be displayed along with the artists’ letters to the president as a statement. All the artwork and letters will be combined into a catalog that will be mailed out to Washington DC to the President, other representatives and the press. The catalog will also be available to order for purchase.
The idea for this exhibition originated at the beginning of this 2016 election process. Hillary, Trump and Sanders, three very different and effective personalities, participated with conflicting views. These clashing disputes on American policy brought out the passions of a large number of citizens who had once been politically apathetic. Hillary was poised to break the glass ceiling, but represented the establishment; while outsiders, Trump and Sanders, appealed to the disenfranchised while attempting to turn the establishment upside down. The issues that were brought to the surface started a forceful national dialog.
Artists have an unexpected way of contributing to the conversation through their unique visual interpretations. They bring a sensitivity and perspective to the issues through emotional expression, abstraction, visualization, humor, and parody. These works of art seek to create and communicate a collective narrative, articulating who we are, where we come from, what we stand for and what we are against.
Some of America’s major issues will be addressed in the exhibition such as: Money in Politics, Climate Change, Military Quagmires, Women’s Reproductive Rights, Education, Polarization (Cultural divisiveness), Inequality (social and economic), Gun Control, Immigration, Military Spending, GMO, Fracking, Space, Drug Policy, Welfare, Criminal Justice, and more…
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