There’s art that makes you stop and look and then there’s art that makes you stop and feel something. Anthony Pabillano’s work did both as soon as I walked past it hanging in The Silos, one of Houston’s largest art studios.
Equal parts beauty and power, that piece was entitled “Complexion” and in the artist’s own words:
“My outlook in life and art tends to be celebratory and positive in nature but when I sense that voices are being muffled and pursuits of individuality are being obstructed, I react and my art begins to be a channel through which I express my disappointment. This piece is an example of just that. This piece is my reaction to the repeal of DACA late last year, and the overall isolistic wave of negative rhetoric against immigrants that’s washing over our society right now.
In rendering the image of a single individual multiple times, stripped of all defining characteristics except the color of his skin, I want to challenge the viewer if he or she could opine on the particular individuals on the piece. My ideal hope is that the viewer could not, but as we know, the ideal is never the reality. In the case that the viewer develops opinions about particular individuals on the piece by simply being provided a single data point, I hope that by reflecting further that they would be able to put into perspective how complexion affects how they approach people. Thus, my overall goal for this piece is for the viewers to be aware and be self-conscious of biases that they may have on complexion (and beyond), and engage themselves in paths of self-discovery towards determining that one or a few superficial attributes could never be indicative of any one’s personality and individuality.”
(artwork provided by The Official John Heartfield Exhibiton)
John Heartfield is credited as the founder of modern photomontage, a form of collage. He openly attacked Hitler using “art as a weapon”, by producing and distributing many art pieces while remaining under constant threat of assassination by Hitler’s Third Reich. The above piece is entitled “Adolf Hitler The Superman: Swallows Gold And Spouts Junk”.
A special thanks to to The Official John Heartfield Exhibition for allowing us to use this artwork. This exhibition is run by his grandson of the same name whom carries on the important work of the Heartfield legacy.
Do yourself a favor and visit the exhibition here to understand the nature of John Heartfield’s life and the entire scope of his contribution to Modern Art, as well as activism art.
If a picture says a thousand words then this artist’s pictures say 10,000. This post took us forever to publish because I got lost in the amount of great work he has up on his site.
Recycled Propaganda is a socio-political artist acclaimed for his succinct and graphic exploration of a broad variety of contemporary issues. Driven by the urge to encourage critical thought and nuance in an increasingly apathetic and polarized society, Recycled Propaganda has been active since 2013 and is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.
You can see the rest of his work here. Just be sure to carve out a good amount of time since you wont want to leave once you start.
We are excited to present the artist who wrote the book on design activism, literally. Do yourself a favor and grab yourself a copy. His work will leave you speechless so it’a good thing his work speaks for itself.
He calls the above piece Pulse. Here is how he describes it in his own words:
” These are effigies of guns created from common household matches. They are lit on fire and the resulting image is captured in carbon, like the permanent shadows that remained after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I wanted to talk about gun violence in America, but the incendiary responses on both sides of the issue have make it extremely difficult to have thoughtful discussions about how to move forward. “
Be sure and visit his website to see what all he’s up to as he is also an author, speaker, owner of Another Limited Rebellion, creator of Skull-A-Day, and most currently the leader of the collaborative science fiction universe & performance art project League of Space Pirates.