Exhibition: March 18 – May 12 with a reception on Saturday, March 23, 1:30-3:30pm
Participating artists include Liv Anrud, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Virginia Broersma, Andrew Cortes, Jamie Felton, Sarita Garcia, José Guadalupe Garza, Emily Blythe Jones, Marianne Laury, Alex Lukas, Aubrey Ingmar Manson,Yvette Mayorga, Ahmed Ozsever, Tim Portlock, Edo Rosenblith, Miriam Ruiz, Julia Schwartz, Janie Stamm, RL Tillman, Cristina Victor, Tessie Salcido Whitmore, Work/Play, Jon Young, Lindsay Preston Zappas
Flags fly in this expansive outdoor exhibition of waving signals, but the works in Dream Wavers break with conventional vexillography. Instead, this group show celebrates diverse approaches – through subversive content and materially experimental interpretations of the flag. An oversized hand, a pair of American flag trousers, a wreath of flames, and a flag of napkins all challenge traditional notions of flag design and explore the edges of possibility.
Twenty-four artists from across the US offer a range of distinct perspectives on identity, particularly in the current political and social landscape. Dream Wavers explore fissures and confluences–both personal and public–calling attention to vanishing communities; critically assessing urbanism, human rights, and political challenges; or quietly gesturing to remote histories, myths, and personal symbology. The act of raising these flags is a gesture of unveiling and revealing–to amend, renew, and support our present moment and our possible futures.
Katie Kirk, co-curator of the exhibition, is a Los Angeles-based artist, curator, and writer. She works primarily in painting, monoprinting, and ceramics, exploring ideas about pleasure and the role of pleasure in art and life. Her work is deeply connected to documenting the human body and all its capacity. Katie received a BA in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Torrance Art Museum, Pennsylvania State University, Open Mind Art Space, EXPO Chicago, Flatland Gallery, Jacob’s Los Angeles, and Arvia LA. She recently curated shows at the Torrance Art Museum and Dalton Warehouse and is also a contributing writer to Maake Magazine.
The Laband Art Gallery is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs that illustrate that the visual arts are a critical component of society. As a university art gallery, the Laband features exclusive exhibitions that may not be found in other civic or private museums. In doing so, the gallery showcases art that has relevance across multiple disciplines as well the broader community.Laband exhibitions and related programs promote inquiry, creativity, and critical reflection that further a growing awareness of ourselves and of the world around us.
Dream Wavers is located in the Dunning Courtyard of the Burns Fine Arts Center at Loyola Marymount University, which is the main arts center on campus. It is an outdoor installation that is open and accessible 24/7.
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At its permanent location at Granite City Art and Design District,
STNDRD Presents: Danielle McCoy – “In Memory Of…”
Exhibition: March 8 – April 6
Reception: March 16th, 6-10pm
Hundreds of deaths are inked in the record books, while a small percentage are recorded from police cams and cellphone video. Trauma is on a continuous loop in a period when news and social media are either informative or ruinous. Hearts are heavy. Bodies stand dormant. Minds have become numb in a desperate attempt to remain sane. Social and mainstream media are saturated with brutalization of the black body. Trauma welcomes both sadness and rage–a deadly concoction fueled by the sting of racial disparities that have plagued us for generations.
By the time one body is gunned down, another body succumbs to the same manner of death, and the black community is unable to heal. No one is impervious to the loss of life, and one cannot heal properly without the chance to mourn. We cannot find peace nor can we come to terms with the lack of accountability and punitive measures within the judicial system as it pertains to the repetitive acquittal of white officers.
Hanging at half-mast, “In Memory Of…” fosters a sense of communal healing, promoting peace and reversing the negative affects that consume our existence. This place for mourning is dedicated to those who have lost their lives to all variations of violence.
Danielle McCoy is an artist, mother, educator, writer, co-creator of Artist In The Room and one half of WORK/PLAY. McCoy is a self-taught conceptual artist that intertwines printmaking techniques with sewing, quilt-making and hand-dyed textiles into her interdisciplinary art practice. By aiming to promote strength, self-care and togetherness among women of color, her work explores gender and identity by addressing issues rooted in race and inequality in America. Through small run publications, installation pieces, site-specific works and programming, her practice serves to build safe spaces of belonging by incorporating spirituality and intentionality into her work.
Danielle McCoy’s work has been collected privately and she continues to exhibit locally and nationally. She has developed and organized art exhibitions, sat on numerous group panels, given lectures, and offered workshops in collaboration with the LEAP Middle School Intensive at the Contemporary Arts Museum St. Louis as well as The Saint Louis Art Museum. Residencies include The Luminary in St. Louis, ACRE in Wisconsin, Forest Park Forever in St. Louis, and forthcoming Santa Fe Art Institute in Sante Fe, NM. Danielle continues to teach, work as a studio artist, and is involved in the local arts community.