Art for this time

I haven't updated this blog in the last few months-- and I've since experienced a life-changing collaborative performance project, spent a month in New Orleans making art and trying to support the Aquarium Gallery, and in the last week gave a talk in my hometown about art & activism, and spent several days in DC, meeting with the rest of the general committee of FCNL, and lobbying to end mass incarceration.

I've also been feeling my feelings.

Today I saw a headline that said "Trump Protests Could Be the Start of a New Civil Rights Era". Several people have already said to me, "we need your art now".

Somehow, I haven't made anything yet (in the last week). I've been cooking up big ideas but haven't sat down to paint or draw on this. And I agree, we need art right now. I often turn to music to fuel me in various ways, and I wish there was a playlist of songs for this time, songs about pain, hope, rage, revolution, love, truth, creation.. And then I thought, I could share some art that gets me going right now.

Here are a quick few pieces from contemporary artists for which I've felt something enough to save the images (Instagram can be an awesome tool, that's how I find a lot of great art). I'm sorry I don't have the name for one of the artists, if you know whose piece it is please let me know.

Also, check out Justseeds.org.

 

Drake Pickel (Chrome Destroyer)

Drake Pickel (Chrome Destroyer)

Agnes Cecile

Agnes Cecile

Langston Allston

Langston Allston

(Unknown)

(Unknown)

Heather Joy Miller

Heather Joy Miller

Magda Boreysza

Magda Boreysza

Emanuel De Sousa

Emanuel De Sousa

Tom French

Tom French

Johnson Tsang

Johnson Tsang

Swoon (Callie Curry)

Swoon (Callie Curry)

David Oliveira

David Oliveira

Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez

Make something!

Feed Love,
Joey