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Clash of Political Visuals, Part Two

by Ali Fitzgerald
  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we forge the symbols and icons of resistance. Last week, during the March for Our Lives, images of Parkland High School student and gun control activist Emma Gonzalez circulated which recall older, lionizing posters of resistance fighters. In fact, her frontal, defiant pose resembles several wartime depictions of Joan of Arc. Like the recent marches, one of the first acts of resistance during the German occupation of France was carried... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 3/26
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Carolyn Frischling Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? Right now, I want to make things that will last...meditative and contemplative objects...about things that are felt but not thought...mysteries, wonder, and love.   Quidditas #selfie II, 2016, Digital C print on aluminum panel with cast resin   What is an artist’s responsibility? In my opinion, an artist’s primary responsibility is to reinterpret for our times the recurring themes important to humankind. Some... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 3/26
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Under the Radar: Mladen Stropnik | Rachel L. Hausmann | Scott Mossman

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Mladen Stropnik – Ljubljana Rachel L. Hausmann – Milwaukee Scott Mossman –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 3/23
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Clash of Political Visuals, Part One

by Ali Fitzgerald
  As I spoke about before, France was the birthplace of the lithographic poster as art form. But the Art Nouveau poster gave way to different, more propagandistic uses in the two World Wars. During the German occupation between 1940–1944, the city was awash in German and Vichy propaganda posters and signs, as well as competing images from the resistance. British historian Ian Ousby wrote of that time: Symbols of Paris were painted over and repurposed by the invading army.... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 3/20
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Emmanuel Monzon Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? There is no judgment in my work, no denunciation. My field of play is a country where the landscape is shaped by and for people on the move. Without a second thought, this world is going through a perpetual mutation, which sees a new city rising, another one dying, leaving them laid out indistinctly one next to the other. This visual chaos is my source of inspiration. What I want to share and convey is a kind of bliss, calm,... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 3/19
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Under the Radar: Ricardo V Ruiz | Mathew Tucker | Samantha Charette

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Ricardo V Ruiz – Richmond, VA Mathew Tucker – New York Samantha Charette – London,... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team
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Joan of Arc, Part Two

by Ali Fitzgerald
  During the years of German occupation (1940–1944), the image of Joan of Arc was used both by the collaborationist Vichy government and Charles de Gaulle’s résistance. Vichy leader Phillipe Pétain liked her better than the other, older symbol of the republic, Marianne, because: 1. She wasn’t topless 2. She heard voices and was really, really into god 3. She dressed like a man 4. She was an Anglophobe He painted her as the devout symbol of the Vichy’s fascist, religious... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 3/14
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Fecal Matter: The Design Provocateurs Subverting Fashion’s Throwaway Culture

by Christian Petersen
  Hannah Rose Dalton and Steven Raj Bhaskaran are international, multi-disciplinary art provocateurs who create under the brand name Fecal Matter. They formed Fecal Matter in 2016 to express their uncensored views through fashion, film, music, photography, and performance. Through their collected work, Fecal Matter have created a world of dark, confrontational fantasy that encourages critical and free thinking about our own beliefs and perceived realities. The deliberate subversion... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 3/14
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Joan of Arc, Part One

by Ali Fitzgerald
  Recently I had drinks with a friend and we were discussing the removal of Confederate statues in the States. I asked her if there were any similar discussions about statues in Paris, and which ones she might personally remove. I’ve talked a bit about Marianne as a symbol of the French Republic, and how her image has been politicized. But there’s another woman, not fictional, who also occupies the role of useful political symbol or tool. French politicians across the spectrum lay... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 3/13
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Kailum Graves Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I consider my work political, but I prefer the subtle process of reflection over the shoveling of an opinion down a viewer's throat. That's probably because I don't think art is a political or emancipatory force—rather, it is what Fredric Jameson labeled “just another ‘pop’ in an all-pervasive pop-culture.” Thus, I’m not interested in examining or establishing perceived truths; instead, I’m interested in exploring the Absurd—the... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 3/12