While debating demanding topics such as race, religion, or war, it is simple enough to become polarized, and see situations in either black or white, right or wrong. These tactics may satisfy individuals whose position depends on employing policies or implementing strategies that promote specific agendas for a specific constituency. As an artist, it is more important to create a platform that moves us past alliances, and begins a dialogue that informs, questions, and in some cases even satires our divisive issues. Without this type of introspection, we are in danger of having apathy rule our senses. We can easily succumb to a national mob mentality, and ignore individual accounts and memories. With my work I am creating an intersection where body and place, memory and fact, are merged to reexamine human interactions and cultural conditions to create a narrative that requires us to be present and profound.
Bonding over the Isley Brothers' song For the Love of You while independently working on public art pieces, Rodney Ewing and Tahiti Pehrson have wanted to collaborate ever since. Initially, SPACEPROGRAMSF had planned to host them in-person at The Space Program, but shelter-in-place due to COVID-19 offered a new challenge. Instead, Rodney and Tahiti collaborated at a distance, where each artist created their part of the project and mailed it to the other to work on.
Shelter In Place: new works
"These works are being created during the mandatory Shelter in Place. It first started out as a way to keep myself busy, but it eventually evolved into a project that allowed me to re-use my large archive or silkscreens in a manner that I continue conversations about diaspora, place, and identity" All work are one of a kind images. All the works are printed on vintage assembled ledger paper. More more info, see: https://www.spaceprogramsf.com/residencies
The Devil Finds Work
Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, California
June 16–August 15, 2019