Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kraye + Poetics



Outside the Margins
In 2013-2014, many talented artists from New Mexico and throughout the country have volunteered their time and skill to contribute to a discourse on the marginalization of people throughout societies across the world.  The concept of “Othering” is a powerful and complex concept, one that shapes our intellectual discussions across many fields of study.  It is also one of humanity’s most perplexing social processes, one that influences every aspect of our lives.  We are trying to promote an intellectual discourse that is both beautiful and capable of being remembered for its desire to engage tough social questions and inspire a sense of awareness that extends beyond the project itself.


This year, we have been inspired by two seemingly unrelated forces. The first is the plight of many displaced people throughout the world.  The suffering of Syrian refugees is one of many situations around the world where people have been forced away from their homes.  We at IBSG were moved by the following real time interactive website that captures the conditions Syrian refugees in Jordan must live under:  http://zaatari360.martinedstrom.com/



In the NY Times today, there is an article about Syrian Refugees who have taken on a performance of “King Lear,” a Shakespearean play that has much to say about displacement, property, and the things we inherit and lost from past generations.   http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/world/middleeast/behind-barbed-wire-shakespeare-inspires-a-cast-of-young-syrians.html?_r=0


Like this performance, we want to be able to find novel connections between ourselves and the feeling of being marginalized. We have also been fascinated by the movement designer toys and vinyl art.  These figurines serve as an ideal form to describe the freakish, strange, uncanny, and tragically marginalized.  Kidrobot, a worldwide producer of these figures has generously sponsored our event, providing the blank you have received at a significant discount.  We are honored to have them join our efforts on this project. For more information about vinyl toys, please visit www.kidrobot.com or www.vinylpulse.com.

Our mission will unfold in the following ways:

 Ø Our artists worked to shape vinyl blanks provided by Kidrobot in whatever way they feel expresses the issue of Othering (also referred to as “Alterity”).  These art pieces were auctioned off at a   silent auction hosted by IBSG on May 30th, 2014 at Kosmos Factory on 5th Art Space 1715 5th St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87102. Click here for promotional material.

 Ø  Many renowned poets have volunteered to express these issues in written, poetic form.  Upon request, several of these poets will also communicate with the artists to exchange ideas and inspire each other.

 Ø  Some of our finest photographers at UNM have volunteered to capture   the finished art pieces at our event.

 Ø  Scholars and thinkers from various communities are writing short essays and perspective pieces as part of their contributions. 

 Ø  Non-profits and service organizations dedicated to addressing the social consequences of marginalized peoples will also contribute thoughts about their work and about the project.

 Ø  All of these contributions will be compiled into a book that we will publish in the upcoming year.  This book will supplement our efforts to continue this dialogue and to support the program

 Ø  The proceeds of this project will go to A.R.T. for Refugees to support a wider campaign to make sure that art is used to express social displacement and to provide a vehicle for the alienated and marginalized to find empowerment.  http://www.artforrefugees.org/index.html

[Some wonderful examples of vinyl art that has been used for similar projects in the past are posted here.]

You can view a directory of all the pieces and poems below. Click on the Title link to view more information about the inspiring stories, artists, and poets.
Vinyl Art Pieces
Item Number
Title
Artist
Photo
Description
1
Noah Kessler

7” Vinyl Figurine
2
Lisa De St. Croix


7” Vinyl Figurine
3
Emily M. Sperry


7” Vinyl Figurine
4
Liz Sanquiche


7” Vinyl Figurine
5
SOLD
Miriam Saba


7” Vinyl Figurine
6
SOLD
Release


7” Vinyl Figurine
7
Paul Robinson, a.k.a. “Mostly Harmless”


7” Vinyl Figurine
8
SOLD
Warren Montoya
REZONATE Art


7” Vinyl Figurine
9
SOLD
Rudy WL Montoya


7” Vinyl Figurine
10
SOLD
Mendy Mills


7” Vinyl Figurine on a 6 foot Frame
11
Ria Mazumdar and Enlace Comunitario


18” Vinyl Figurine
12
Gabriel Eloy Martinez “GEM”


7” Vinyl Figurine
13
Samantha Huynh


7” Vinyl Figurine
14
Cyrus Moses Gould


7” Vinyl Figurine
15
Michael Gates


7” Vinyl Figurine




17
Joel Henry, a.k.a. “Bearface”


7” Vinyl Figurine
18
Savannah Bustillo


7” Vinyl Figurine
19
SOLD
Nick Griffith


2.5” Vinyl Figurine




                 Poems                                                               
Poem Number
Poem
Poet
1.

Natalia Trevino
2.

Levi Romero
3.
Adam Rubinstein
4.
Liz SanQuiche
5.
Irene Lara Silva
6.

7.
Natalia Trevino
8.
Carlos Contreras
9.
Jessica Helen Lopez
10.

Tony Mares
11.

Anonymous
                                                   

You can click here to see photos from the exhibit!

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