We’ve Got Sculptures, Paintings, and Printed Poetry!

Another happy Monday, everyone! I’ve got to say that I am bowled over by some of the “Tension” art show submissions I’ve seen today. We hope you’re just as excited as we are to experience the artwork we’ll be exhibiting at our Arts Fuel Fundraiser. For your viewing pleasure, we’re previewing some more pieces, and we’ve got everything from sculptures to paintings to printed poetry. So so cool!

Gina Thompson & Lucas Young

gina thompson art
*used with permission from Gina Thompson

“These are pieces for an installation that we are hanging at C4…. These are 5-6′ in diameter and there are over 100 of them. They are made from discontinued slats that are used to make wood blinds. We are covering the area over the co-working space that is 60′ x 47′ and we will also be selling the pieces to take home from the show for $30 a piece. I am part of a collective called Voyeur Designs. www.voyeurdesigns.com…”

Diana Toma

diana toma art
*used with permission from Diana Toma

mag·na·nim·i·ty
noun ˌmag-nə-ˈni-mə-tē
the quality of being magnanimous : loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to display a noble generosity

Vanessa Huang

vanessa huang art
*used with permission from Vanessa Huang

“The poem came out of the Occupy movement moment — a moment of transformative potential where on a large scale, “those fears which rule over our lives and form our silences begin to lose their control over us” (Audre Lorde, “Poetry is not a Luxury”). It epitomized, for me, the tension between our inherently creative, feeling cores collectively birthing that upswell, and the limitations of today’s conditions “within structures defined by profit, by linear power, by institutional dehumanization.” As often happens, I channeled this piece in call and response with the constellation of contemporary and ancestral artists, cultural workers, and community organizers who most speak to my practice. In that moment I was listening, as I also often do, to Nina Simone, and found particular refuge in “Backlash Blues,” penned by Langston Hughes.”

Don’t forget- you can see these pieces and plenty more up close and personal at our Arts Fuel Fundraiser & “Tension” Art Show.
Please RSVP and come out to support these artists!

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