Fernando Garcia Dory maintained his modesty even as he delivered an erudite talk and accepted the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change at the 2012 Creative Time Summit in New York city on Saturday.
His inspiring comments dealt with freedom being the most perfect work of art, that freedom could only be achieved through beauty, and that the special role of the artist involves conceiving of the possibility of freedom.
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This two-word order is brandished in bold letters that dominate a red field, commanding its space as it commands the viewer’s attention. The phrase appears on a poster designed by Critical Art Ensemble, and this poster is one of a series that appears in a new publication aptly titled “Disturbances”. Within its pages the group ‘self-assesses’ its 25 year history, providing readers with an opportunity to join in assessing a history replete with transgressive actions, civil disobedience, digital resistance, and contestational biology. Posters encapsulate each audacious action. They announce:
Useless Technology: Super Savings!
Mierle Laderman Ukeles, one of the artists featured in TO LIFE! Eco Art In Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet, identified four ways of envisioning the Earth:
EARTH as WIFE suggests a reliable and supportive partner
EARTH as VIRGIN implies a territory ripe for gratification and pleasure
EARTH as WHORE introduces the possibility of degradation and exploitation
EARTH as MOTHER conjures the assuance of bounty and steadfastness.
Pedro Reyes is featured in my new book, TO LIFE! Eco Art In Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet. The photo provides evidence of why I chose to include him, when so many artists had to be rejected.
Hugging the Vaccine Against Violence dummie after everything he has endured (photo Mathilde Fernande Fernandez)