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Historian Howard Zinn declared Colorado's historic Ludlow Massacre as "the culminating act of perhaps the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history". As part of the state-wide marking of the 100th Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre - an event which sparked the modern labor movement - GOCA has invited six artists who address the concept of protest through their varied artistic practices. Hailing from regional and national locales and contributing photography, mixed-media, video and performance works, the artists are, through their works, expanding upon an event that resonates heavily today in our cultural consciousness.
A multidisciplinary performance will take place in the gallery on Friday, January 31, at 7 p.m. titled "Resistance and Rebellion: Remember the Past to Carve the Future" featuring Ensemble Peak Frequency, the Ormao Dance Company, Psychoangelo, and vocalist Tim Eriksen performing works associated with acts of social and political resistance, rebellion and oppression. Read more about it - click HERE.
Artist Bios/Project Statements
LaToya Ruby Frazier | Artist Bio
LaToya Ruby Frazier began to photograph herself and her family as a teenager. Now 32, her recent work extends that intimate circle to include her hometown, Braddock, Pennsylvania, which was decimated by the collapse of the American steel industry in the 1970s. The struggle for economic opportunity and access to health care by Braddock's marginalized residents in the wake of the controversial 2010 demolition of the community's largest employer, Braddock Hospital, inspired Frazier's 2011 series, Campaign for Braddock Hospital (Save Our Community Hospital). The series, which debuted at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, will be on view as part of the PROTEST! exhibit.
Frazier was born and raised in Braddock, Pennsylvania. She earned a B.F.A. in applied media arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2004, and an M.F.A. in art photography from Syracuse University in 2007. She completed the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in 2011. Her work is informed by late 19th- and early 20th-century modes of representation in documentary practice. With an emphasis on postmodern conditions, class, and capitalism, Frazier investigates issues of propaganda, politics, and the importance of subjectivity.
Her work has been shown in museums and galleries in New York City including a solo exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, "Haunted Capital" 2013, Whitney Museum of American Art: 2012 Whitney Biennial, P.S.1 MoMA 2010 Greater New York, the New Museum of Contemporary Art 2009 triennial Younger Than Jesus, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Living and Dreaming, the Museum of the City of New York, Moveable Feast and at the Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh Biennial, Gertrude's /Lot. Frazier is the recipient of Seattle Art Museum's 2013 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize and is featured in a solo exhibition at the museum on display through June, 2014. Frazier's work has been exhibited internationally at the 2012 Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu Korea, the 2011 Incheon Women Artists' Biennale, Incheon Korea, in Commercial Break, Garage Projects Venice, Italy and with Galerie Michel Rein in Paris. Currently LaToya is a featured artist in the Art 21 documentary series New York Close Up. Since 2007 she has been the Associate Curator for the Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, where she has also taught photography in the Mason Gross School of the Arts. In 2012 Frazier was appointed critic in photography at Yale University.
LaToya Ruby Frazier | Project Statement
The collaboration between my family and myself blurs the line between self-portraiture and social documentary. I use photography and video to employ themes regarding, the body and landscape, familial and communal history, private and public space and social activism.
My work has a deep concern for the mother/ daughter relationship. Relentlessly documenting encounters with Grandma Ruby (b.1925-2009), Mom (b.1959) and myself (b.1982) enables me to break unspoken intergenerational cycles. We are wrestling with internalized life experiences, perceptions of our-selves and familial personas developed by sociopolitical baggage.
All of my photographs are created in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a historical steel mill town from America's Industrial period. It is home of Andrew Carnegie's first Steel Mill, The Edgar Thomson Works, (which still functions today). Grandma Ruby, Mom and myself grew up in significantly different social and economic climates in Braddock. Grandma Ruby witnessed Braddock's prosperous days of Department stores, theaters and restaurants. Mom witnessed the steel mills close and white flight to suburban developments. I witnessed the War on Drugs decimate my family and community. Between our three generations we not only witnessed, we experienced and internalized the end of industrialization and rise of deindustrialization.
Lately I have created photographs and videos that address class inequity, access to health care, and environmental racism. Grandma Ruby died from pancreatic cancer and diabetes, Mom currently suffers from an unknown neurological disorder and cancer and I was diagnosed with lupus twelve years ago.
Bradley Flora | Artist Bio
Bradley Flora is a photojournalist and life-long student of photography. He works as a contributing photographer for the Colorado Springs Independent and teaches at Bemis School of Art. Through his work he explores the nature of the photon and documents its travel through time. He focuses on creating images with judicious application of photojournalist morals and fine-art landscape techniques.
Bradley Flora | Project Statement
My work, in the upcoming show Protest!, represents the perspective of an embedded citizen journalism from the 2011 Occupy Colorado Springs and Occupy Denver protests, captured using fine art photography techniques and photojournalist ethics. With the dramatization of the protests in the media, I was motivated to work closely with the protestors to help humanize both them and the civil forces that worked in response to the Occupy movement, as a way to record a "boots-on-the-ground" perspective of this social movement.
Scott Johnson | Project Statement & Biography
As part of larger, ongoing project, Scott Johnson has been making photographs that explore the cultural and natural history of Huerfano County and the surrounding region. The images included here engage viewers in the physicality and narrative of the elemental landscape and reveal evidence of human disruption - coal mining, laborer habitations and industrial remains. They ultimately tell the story of reclamation by the land itself and speak to the importance of memory as it embodied in stories, images and ruins.
Scott Johnson was born in 1969 and grew up in the Colorado Rockies. He obtained his BFA from The University of Colorado at Boulder and his MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. His work as an artist has been informed by such as experiences as herding cows on the Navajo Reservation, traveling upon the Silk Road and living in Venice, Italy. He presently teaches at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.
Lane Hall & Lisa Moline
Project Statement & Biography
Lisa Moline and Lane Hall have a long-standing creative process of collaborative artistic relationship, resulting in performative, print and media-based installations and interventions. Their work focuses on community-building, collaborative environmental activism and inventive approaches to political engagement and social justice struggles.
Founded in Milwaukee in 2011, the Overpass Light Brigade is a loose group of volunteers - activists, workers, teachers, parents, students, retirees - who come together to create community action in public space using open-source, low-tech illuminated signs invented and developed by Moline and Hall. Falling somewhere between netroots activism, relational art, street theater, embodied poetry, and direct political action, members of OLB build meaningful collaborations relationships across communities as we help while giving visibility to progressive causes and voice to our disempowered citizenry.
OLB's work is by nature collaborative, community-building and multi-faceted. The interventions provide a venue for conversation and social interaction beyond simple "activism" and bridge racial, socio-economic and geographic boundaries. Through aggressive documentation and crowd-sourcing, OLB's public, performative interventions reach an audience of millions through available social media channels such as: YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr and other online communities that transcend geopolitical boundaries.
As a result of viral dissemination and OLB's community-focused, open-source ethos, over 25 35 Light Brigade affiliates have formed across the United States and Canada: in Massachusetts, Hawaii, Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maine, Washington, Maryland, Georgia, and Ontario, Canada. OLB images and videos have been featured in international news venues such as CNN, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Hindustan Times, The BBC, The Ed Show, The New York Times, The Capitol Times, and in arts publications such as Furtherfield, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinal's Art City column. OLB has been the subject of an award winning short documentary short film by director Dusan Harminc, and has been featured in Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin's upcoming "Be Visible" video series directed by Emmy nominated Brad Lichtenstein. OLB continues collaborations with such groups as Move To Amend, Planned Parenthood, March Against Monsanto, 350.org, The Sierra Club, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, Veterans for Peace, the Solidarity Sing Along, the Projection Action Network, and our own growing Light Brigade Network.
Dáreece Walker | Artist Bio
Dáreece Walker was born in 1989 in Manhattan, Kansas. Currently living and working in Colorado Springs Colorado, Dáreece received his bachelor's degree in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in May 2013. Recently he has shown at The Business of Art Center and Cottonwood Center for the Arts. He has assisted with set design in several theatrical productions and performed on stage in the Starbar Players and Theatre d' Art's co-production of "One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest" in 2013. Dáreece's work has been profiled in The Gazette, CS Independent, The African American Voice, Revolution Newspaper, and the New American Paintings Blog. Among his highest honors, Dáreece received the Campus Auxiliaries excellence award in visual arts at UCCS in 2011, a purchase of his piece "March With King" by UCCS for permanent collection, RAW Colorado Springs Visual Artist of the Year 2012, and the African American Voice 2013 "Talented Ten" award. Dáreece plans on gaining a master's degree and representation in leading national and international art museums and galleries.
Dáreece Walker | Project Statement
My work is a survey of the black experience across both contemporary and historical America. This body of work protests negative representations of black people and asks questions about legal discrimination both past and present. I use cardboard because it is often used in protest and on streets, it symbolizes industry and property, cheapness and being low quality.The triptych center piece titled "Massacre of The Innocents" draws from classical painting, and introduces viewers to eleven black youth in America, with stories similar to that of Trayvon Martin. The families and communities of theses people have rallied together and protested the unnecessary deaths of these people. Each work was intended to give information, evoke sympathy, and challenge viewers own perspectives about race and representation in a safe environment.