UN/SUSTAINABLE AT STAMP GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

UN/Sustainable with George Lorio, Zelda ZinnKatie Kehoe, Samantha DiRosa and Susanne Slavick, opening at Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland 

June 5 - July 12, 2019
Curated by Kat Mullineaux

Resplendent, 2010, Gouache on archival digital print/Hahnemühle paper, 60 x 23 inches, (62 x 25 in framed) 


My statement for the show: 
War kills human, plant and animal life. It befouls our air, land and water with its lethal mission, toxic residue, and consumption of resources. Even in peacetime, the U.S. military is the largest institutional consumer of oil in the world. Massive transport of personnel, equipment, supplies and arms around the world demands fuel, and its combustibility threatens and incinerates even more lives. We know with scientific certainty that burning fossil fuels exacerbates climate change. Yet we continue to drill, extract, and fill endless tanks, preparing for or headed to the next siege.

Our political and economic systems perpetuate war, a behavior and condition that is the definition of unsustainability. War not only depletes, pollutes and assaults the environment, and all the living things it hosts, it diverts our attention and vast resources from everything that might slow its degradation. Another Mother for Peace, a grass-roots anti-war advocacy group founded in 1967 was right about Mother Earth. Many posters and placards were emblazoned with their signature claim: ““War is not healthy for children and other living things.”

In "Resplendent," a tree grows out of the remains of an improvised explosive device (IED) on a deserted road. The tree is derived from a 16th century illustration, The Hero Rustam Slays the Witch of the Cosmic Illusion attributed to Qadîmî from Fidawsî’s Book of Kings. The IED is based on a FLICKR image taken in Afghanistan by SSG Wayne Speek. Though rooted in destruction and mangled metal, the sprouting tree suggests some hope for survival and regeneration.

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VISUALIZING NARRATIVES: SHAPING RESISTANCE

Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park

Curated by Alison Singer

February 13 to March 30, 2019

Protests and opposition movements have long been a social tool by which to mobilize groups of people around shared grievances, allowing them to collectively interrogate power structures and enact change through the discursive processes of resistance. Various forms of protest have been an important point at which resistance enters the public space and gains broader visibility, often through media images that become symbols of the movement. The images produced around protests and resistance movements – by artists, the media, or everyday documentarians – thus play a large role in shaping narratives for public consumption.

This exhibition at the Stamp Gallery seeks to explore the role of visual production around protests and forms of resistance. Featuring work by artists Becci Davis, Malik Lloyd, Leah Modigliani, Susanne Slavick, and the TUG Collection, this considers such questions as: How does the mass media visually shape narratives? How does artwork respond to, reshape, interrogate, or blur these narratives? How does the visual response to protests and resistance movements by artists memorialize or historicize the events?

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