Craft in America Center will present a dynamic virtual exhibition of works made by 20 artists from across the U.S. to address key issues underlying the 2020 election and the American political landscape. The exhibit, “Democracy 2020: Craft & the Election” is poised to launch Sept. 26 online and in Craft’s windows.
Employing glass, fiber, ceramics, metal, wood and various other craft-based materials of everyday life, these highlighted artists use their media to voice concerns, point out injustice and inequity, and potentially instill hope for a better future
“This exhibition evolved as a response to the social dilemmas and crisis that surged over the past year. Art can mirror what takes place in a society and it is often prophetic,” a release by Craft in American Center stated.
“Democracy 2020” aims to to raise awareness about the democratic process and inspire conversations through the objects included in the exhibition.
In addition to existing as a digital exhibition, select works will be displayed in the Craft in America Center’s public windows onto West Third Street in Los Angeles on a rotating basis. The objects will be safely viewable by the public from outside the space at all hours, day or night. In addition, Craft will be producing short capsule videos in which the artists explain, in their own words, what their objects mean to them and what they hope for viewers to take away and keep in mind as we face voting in the next election.
The objects in “Democracy 2020” touch on the spectrum of topics that shape the fiber of our nation and our societal conflicts. These gathered objects address environmental policy, race, the military, gun violence, reproductive rights, the need for economic regulation and much more.
A handwoven portrait suggests, what if George Washington were black? How does race play a role in the mythology of the country? Cups bring the subjects of war, exploitation, destruction and corruption into our most used objects for everyday existence. And glass and bullet casings touch on the desecration of indigenous lands and rights.
Essential to this year’s election are the issues of climate change and environmental policy. By creating objects that convey and confront subjects including oil drilling, species endangerment, fracking, resource exploitation, clean water and more concerns, artists raise awareness and initiate a dialogue through the language of art. These artists give shape and form to issues that we are all facing in the tenuous survival of our society.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the upcoming episode “Democracy” in America’s PBS documentary of the same name.
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