“But this is a time when artists have really reacted.”Galleries across greater Los Angeles have been putting out a call for artists who explore politics in their works for a series of topical shows, including “Dear President,” now open through Feb. The unexpected election of President Donald Trump has inspired a groundswell of political artwork. 19 at the South Bay Contemporary at the Loft Gallery in San Pedro. At least, that’s the opinion of Peggy Sivert Zask, South Bay Contemporary’s director and curator.“When Trump won and started pushing everybody’s buttons, it brought out the passion in people who normally would have gone about their business,” Zask says.
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26. Noon to 4 p.m. Feb. Saturdays or by appointment through Feb. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment.Where: BLAM, 1950 S. 19.Where: South Bay Contemporary at the Loft Gallery, 401 S. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.Where: Brainworks Gallery, 5364 W. 4 and runs through Feb. Mesa St., Third Floor, San Pedro.Admission: Free.Information: 310-429-0973 or southbay contemporary.org.State of the UnionWhen: Opens 5 -8 p.m. Dear PresidentWhen: 1-5 p.m. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.Admission: Free.Information: 323-376-3113 or www.brainworks gallery.com.FUtopiaWhen: Opens from 2 -5 p.m. 25. Feb. 4 and continues through Feb. Santa Fe Ave., #207, Los Angeles.Admission: Free.Information: blamprojects @gmail.com or www.blamprojects.com. 10 a.m.
Why money?“Money is the fundamental corruptor in political campaigns and in lobbying; it determines how Constitutional bills are written,” he says. That’s an injustice.” In creating the work, Dingler describes toiling at his computer for bits and pieces of imagery from paper denominations going all the way back to the 1850s and manipulating them into Kiriakou’s likeness. “Because money influences the way legislation is written, it also influences how these ‘patriotic and heroic whistle-blowers’ are prosecuted and under which laws.
“People are galvanizing and organizing and saying, ‘What can I do to make my voice heard?’ This is what ‘we’ need to do.” Irvine-based newcomer Elizabeth Hind’s “Blessed Are the Poor” was featured in World of Wonder Storefront Gallery’s “Surviving Trump: The Art of Resistance” pop-up exhibition in Hollywood.There, President Trump loomed large.“Trump is a uniquely unpopular and unsuitable president, and creative people are especially appalled by this and roused to action,” says Fenton Bailey, one-half of the duo behind Wednesday’s benefit for the ACLU.
19 to discuss his new book due out in May titled “Doing Time Like a Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison,” which features the “Whistleblowers” image on its cover. A letter from the artist to President Trump accompanies each work, which will be collected in a catalog and mailed to the White House as a final performance art piece.John Dingler, a Riverside-based artist who regularly shows in Los Angeles, contributes a piece from his “Ten Prosecuted Whistleblowers” series. It spotlights the work of 47 artists who tackle issues born in previous presidential administrations and continue to be hotly debated, including climate change, immigration and military spending. Feb. It depicts the former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who served 23 months in federal prison for leaking the name of a covert officer involved in the agency’s use of torture. The real-life whistle-blower joins Dingler from 3-5 p.m.