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George Floyd’s death is one in a long line of unnecessary police violence against black and brown people. Our society must not continue this way. Please do what you can to support systemic change in our government and society. Perhaps that means addressing your own deep seated racial beliefs, learning about US racial history, talking with your neighbor, calling your legislators, attending a protest, donating groceries, or selectively using your resources. All kinds of equity work are valuable.

This series of cyanotypes was made in memory of George Floyd and 100% of their proceeds go to Juxtaposition Arts and Reclaim the Block. Original cyanotypes and prints are available for purchase on my Art-A-Whirl site. If you’d rather give to each organization directly, you can do so online at juxtapositionarts.org or reclaimtheblock.org. If you want to donate money to another organization you believe in, here is a list of resources in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Juxtaposition Arts is a youth art and design education center, gallery, retail shop, and artists’ studio space in North Minneapolis. Juxta offers free classes and employment for neighborhood youth.

Reclaim the Block organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. They organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments.

Cyanotypes and prints available for purchase on my Art-A-Whirl site.

Exhibition: Home Inside Out

The Waiting Room
@Gallery 71
Edina, MN

Exhibition dates:
Aug 9 – Oct 27
Reception:
Aug 9, 7-9pm
Artist Discussion:
Oct 17, 6-7pm

Featuring the art of Lamia Abukhadra, Katayoun Amjadi, Sarah Sampedro, Chris Willcox; curated by Katayoun Amjadi.

Home Inside Out explores the idea of “home” not just as the sheltering eave and centering hearth, but as the site of alienating dynamics of loss and the slippage of identity, of barriers to ownership, of separation and longing. The artists in this exhibition reflect on the idea of sheltering space, from personal, collective, national or cultural perspectives. Home becomes a discursive arena in which inside and outside spaces hold specific social and cultural associations that can be subtended or subverted through artistic representation.

Inside and outside are conflated in Sarah Sampedro’s installation where the vulnerability within social and economic power structures becomes part of the everyday. Here the occupant is held “outside” by the language of exclusion and hidden borders. As an exile, Lamia Abukhadra looks into historical and colonial narratives and portrays the trauma of inheritance and national loss. After all, in Adorno’s words, ‘it is part of morality not to be at home in one’s home.” The outside spaces in Chris Willcox’s paintings evoke a temporal and metaphoric threshold: the contemplative place between home and play or work. Here time suspends, light fades, quiet settles in. Promise waits at the door. Katayoun Amjadi’s works take on a metaphorical approach to the ideology of home as commodity, the consumable good. Clay and porcelain speak to production and prefabrication yet the work suggests a fragile vulnerability. Time and gravity whisper in conspiratorial tones.

Exhibition: Derivé

July 17, 2018
7-10pm
tête, Berlin

“One of the basic situationist practices is the dérive [literally: “drifting”], a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances. Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll. In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.”

– Guy Debord, Theory of the Dérive, 1956