Postcards from the Edge: submit a postcard!
I worked on my postcard submission today for Visual AIDS’s PFTE. Over the years, it’s been a good opportunity to stretch out of what I know in my work and try new things, new forms. And then I like knowing that it’s going toward helping other artists continue to make new work, keep the VA archives going, and the new (art) programming growing - so it’s this feedback loop of growth and community.
Make a postcard. Deadline’s coming up!
Reminder Reminder Reminder :)
Oil on canvas
My contribution to the humongous show, Come Together: Surviving Sandy.
Fat people, queer people, trans* people, femmes, disabled people, POC need and deserve affirmation too! For many of us taking selfies is an exercise in putting our self-love into praxis. The act of loving, seeing, and accepting oneself in real time. Also, so what if people take pride in the likes and comments that their selfies garner?! There is nothing wrong or gross about freely accepting compliments. Folks need to stop pathologizing those who relish in the compliments that they receive. It takes lots of work and practice to be able to freely accept a compliment, especially when you struggle to see yourself as worthy and never was accustomed to receiving them! Black feminists coined the phrase “the personal is political” (no matter what Wikipedia tells you a white women DID NOT coin that phrase) and indeed taking selfies is a personal act deeply rooted in the radical politics of self-love. If someone can’t see that that, it simply means that their mainstream pretty, thin, & skin privilege is getting in the way of that.
"I study sculpture." "How are your sculptures different from other people’s?" "One thing is that I use a lot of found objects."
atarimcgregor asked: does reed richards ever suck his own dick?
i am a grown up man
ROBERT BLANCHON’s Don’t Smoke in Bed: The Graduate Critique as a Safe Space, University of California, Irvine (COURSE DESCRIPTION, Fall 1996)
The most common complaint of critiques is that they feel like therapy—an assumption of something wrong that I won’t assume. So, if personal observation is not desired and objectivity is the goal, we better enjoy the 2nd class windowless rooms on the Titanic, since it’s been several generations of hard scholarly work proving that objectivity exists only in the abstract—much like the idea of a collective-conscious (here, I mean, one that has anything in common with humanity and its diversity). Many factors read into why crits are usually objective and, even when speaking in the first person, often appear to be delivered as third person perspective. This particular strategy aids in protecting everyone involved; the artists’ insecurities and vulnerabilities are not presented clearly—and best of all, not delivered by another individual (that mysterious literary-based third party), therefore all parties are protected. In the case of the Titanic, we would have benefited greatly by booking first class. It was this group that sat in safety boats watching thousands of 2nd class and immigrants drown. I can’t help but think that Kathy Lee’s grandparents are on one of these boats singing a jingle…if they could see me now…
Our goal is not to run away from being scared, or sharing feelings, most importantly, it’s learning what makes us artists and where and why we feel inspired to create work at all. Additionally, after decades of abusive language (I collect words from Artforum articles that don’t exist in any language, [making these up is] a common practice of the so-called intelligentsia), artists are beginning to return to personal and private perspectives regarding their work. This isn’t to say that falling off your tricycle at the age of three is the foundation of a series of work that tells the world you were an abused child. It’s more about the present.
Ideally, this approach, speaking in first person, will alleviate the anxiety of being attacked, criticized, or simply feeling defensive and therefore withholding yourself from potential insight that may even be revolutionary for you and your work. Keeping in mind the aforementioned, we all must own and be responsible for what we say and why we are saying anything at all. Now only are all artists responsible for what they do, those who respond to work must also cop for who they are, why they think in certain ways, etc. In my opinion, I find it incredibly unproductive to be protecting ourselves from ourselves as artists.
Hence, be prepared to be asked why you’re an artist. Be prepared to respond to those who may wonder why you make work. Know what your work is about. Or clue in on why you don’t know.
[…] I know this may appear at first to be a crit to avoid. However, trust me, I think that once the fear of critiques is diminished the chance for real growing can begin. It’s no longer a matter of whether or not your crit was better this quarter than last. It’s now about you and your work. Period.
Dear President Obama,
I am Ju Hong, the “heckler” that interrupted your speech at the Betty Ong Center in San Francisco last week. I spoke up not out of disrespect, however, either for you or our country. No, I spoke up — and am writing to you now — to ask that you use your executive order to halt deportations for 11.5 million undocumented immigrant families.
My family came to the United States from South Korea when I was 11 years old. Like many immigrants, my mother brought me to this country to seek a better life for her children.
I graduated from UC Berkeley, and am now pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at San Francisco State University. I have lived in America now for 13 years. I consider this country as my home. During my senior year in high school, however, I learned that my family had overstayed a tourist visa. We are undocumented immigrants.
As an American without papers, I was not able to get a job, obtain a driver’s license, or receive governmental financial aid. When my mother was sick and in severe pain, she did not visit a doctor because she cannot procure medical insurance. And when my family’s home was burglarized, she refused to call the police because she was afraid that our family would be turned over to immigration officials and deported.
Like many other undocumented immigrants, I was living in the shadows and living in fear of deportation. However, I have decided to speak out and stand up.
Immigration reform is not only a Latino issue, it’s also an Asian and Pacific Islander issue — in fact, it is a human rights issue. Currently, two million of the estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in our country come from Asia. Under your administration, 250,000 undocumented Asian/Pacific Islander immigrants have been deported. While we only make up five percent of the country, we are disproportionately impacted by your immigration policies.
Last week, I was formally invited by White House staff to hear your remarks on immigration reform in San Francisco. As I stood in the stands behind you, I was hoping to hear about your plan to address the lives of 11 million undocumented people living in this country, like my family. And while you expressed your support for comprehensive immigration reform, you did not address how an average of 1,100 immigrants are deported every single day under your administration. You did not address how you deported 205,000 parents of U.S. citizens in the last two years. You did not address how, because of your administration’s record number of deportations—nearly two million immigrants in five years, a record—families are being torn apart: spouses are being separated from each other, parents are being separated from their children, and our brothers and sisters are being separated from one another. You did not to address how your administration would end the anti-immigration deportation programs like “Secure Communities." You’ve deported more people than any other president in the U.S. history.
Interestingly, you talked about Angel Island during your speech. What you did not mention, however, is that more people are detained every single day in detention today than were detained yearly at Angel Island. You recognized Angel Island as a dark period in Chinatown’s history, but you failed to recognize that more Asians and Pacific Islanders are in detention today than were in detention under the Chinese Exclusion Act. In fact, your administration detains up to 34,000 people per day, a record number of detainees in U.S. history.
Because you failed to address these issues, I was compelled to address the concerns of our community.
You claim that the President of the United States has no authority to stop the deportations. And yet, in June 2012, before the 2012 election, which you won with the help of Latino and Asian voters, you implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. With the stroke of a pen, you dramatically changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people like me who can now live without the daily threat of deportation, and can legally work in this country for the first time in our lives.
I know that you support comprehensive immigration reform. But I also know that you have the power to stop the deportations, and that you have the power to stop the suffering, fear, and intimidation facing millions of immigrants like my family.
Your fellow American,