Painter painting in our land pictures of only white angels
Painter painting in our time in shadows of yesterday
Eartha Kitt - Angelitos Negros (1970 performance)
“From the bottom of my heart, my advice to you is, don’t take my advice. Listen to your own voice, trust your own voice. You know your situation in ways I do not. The gift we give each other is faith in our own instincts and in our own voice and in our understanding of what we need to do.”
She went on, “Stay together, stay with other people who are also striving and sharing these values because human beings are communal creatures, and if we’re by ourselves in a very different atmosphere, we come to feel that [they’re] right and we’re wrong. Make sure you have each other’s companionship and trust, trust, trust that voice inside yourself.””
— Gloria Steinem
Shoutout to Miss Burton and the women’s literature, humanities & sociology classes at PALY for challenging us to unpack our “privilege backpacks” and starting courageous conversations about feminism, equality, intersectionality at such a young age. Truly blessed to have started developing a critical lens with which to see and experience the world in high school. Very grateful for educators who make this a lifelong project.
Fellow human beings, it’s so necessary to build solidarity by starting discussions and continuing to probe this shit, especially among young people! I struggle sometimes, carefully picking my battles, oftentimes biting my tongue in spaces where I don’t feel entirely safe to begin with but PoC solidarity & feminist solidarity remains a ongoing process of learning & renewal, ya’ll. Let’s commit to the game.
You’re itching to be on your own. You don’t want anybody telling you what time you have to be in at night or how to raise your baby. You’re going to leave your mother’s big comfortable house and she won’t stop you, because she knows you too well.
But listen to what she says:
When you walk out of my door, don’t let anybody raise you—you’ve been raised.
You know right from wrong.
In every relationship you make, you’ll have to show readiness to adjust and make adaptations.
Remember, you can always come home.
You will go home again when the world knocks you down—or when you fall down in full view of the world. But only for two or three weeks at a time. Your mother will pamper you and feed you your favorite meal of red beans and rice. You’ll make a practice of going home so she can liberate you again—one of the greatest gifts along with nurturing your courage, that she will give you.
Be courageous, but not foolhardy.
Walk proud as you are,
— What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self; Maya Angelou in 1993
Henri Cartier Bresson
Gallery 295 is pleased to present three local photographers. INDEX is the gallery’s second annual juried exhibition of emerging artists working within photography. This exhibition sets out to explore current trends and practices in contemporary photography and also to act as a platform for younger artists to have their work recognized in a professional context. INDEX exhibition was not curated on a theme but rather the work was chosen on the basis of artistic merit and originality. This years jurors were Wil Aballe (Wil Aballe Art Projects), Tyler Russell (Director Centre A), Jennilee Marigomen (artist)
Our first featured artist that was selected for Index is Olivia Bull. Oliva is a self-taught photographer living in Vancouver, BC. Her photographic practice examines spatial order and visual movement through a compositional exploration of pattern and colour. Eerily devoid of human figuration, her photographs of inanimate objects and daily scenes nevertheless highlight visually arresting arrangements of colour, and are rigorously composed to create an abstracted sense of place.
Project Statement –Apophenia
Apophenia, meaning the human tendency to seek patterns in random information, consists of a loose constellation of images connected by shared repetition of colour and form. Through the use of a closed perspective, and the recurrence of line, shape and colour contrast, Apophenia deliberately denies one’s entry into the image, forcing the eye to dance repeatedly over the surface in pursuit of the pattern. This superficial visual process allows one to oscillate between seeing an object as an abstraction and recognizing its representational form. The carefully framed subjects in the photographs isolate discrete elements in order to reveal hidden geometries of everyday life. Thus, Apophenia is a much a search for regularity and meaning as it is an aesthetic pursuit of the internal logic of visual perception.
Index 2 - Second Annual Juried Exhibition
Opening Reception – Friday, June 6th, 2014, 7-9pm
June 6-July 5, 2014
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Elizabeth Mcintosh, Girlfriend, Oil on canvas, 85” x 75”, 2013
Sze Tsung Leong, “Antelope Valley, California,” 2006 Sze Tsung Leong, courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York