Art Hazelwood, The Border Wall Divides All Life, 2011, Screenprint, 25 x 19".
Mark Vallen, N0 Human Being is Illegal, Ningun ser Humano es Ilegal, 1988, Offset poster.
Jos Sances, Welcome to the Land of Your Dreams, 2011, Digital and Screenprint.
Spray Booth Gallery
130 West 18th Street
Inside Volker Bicycles
New World Border:
Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border Wall
August 5-August 27, 2011
Building a wall not only demarcates a boundary, but it separates and unites simultaneously. A wall is a symbolic rift that reflects a human tendency to define difference, demarcate geography and property. Border walls shore up nationalist identities with erected structures, rhetoric and policies intended to define an exclusive culture of “us”. The people residing on the other side of this shared boundary often become a scapegoat for fears, frustrations, and insecurities. Such is the case with the construction of the U.S./Mexico border wall. It is like a knife severing interconnected neighbors, wildlife, indigenous peoples, and families. The wall inflames hatred and contributes to an atmosphere of vigilantism and oppression. While the US walls off its territory in the name of “security” what is it sacrificing?
Similar to other collaborative artistic response efforts like the Art of Democracy and the work of Just Seeds collaborative, this show utilizes the print medium to disseminate various viewpoints about events ongoing. Prints historically have served as a means for disseminating artists’ reactions to events, lending their ease of production and graphic intensity to causes large and small. New World Border is comprised of thirty artists from around the U.S. responding to this subject, and their viewpoints serve as jumping off points for discussion and contemplation about this contentious issue. The artists represent a wide cross section of approaches to the printed image, from esteemed Latino Poster Movement artist Malaquias Montoya, to Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas, Kearny Street Workshop icon Nancy Hom, New York political illustrator Frances Jetter, co-founder of the California Indian Art Movement, Frank LaPena, as well as powerful graffiti artists from the border city of El Paso, WERC and CROL.
The show is made of printed multiples including screen prints, linocuts and digital prints. 3 complete sets of prints are touring the country starting in the spring of 2011 visiting any and all destinations interested in showing the works. The exhibition launched at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California and since then has shown at The Roots Factory in San Diego, Raices Cultural Center in New Brunswick, NJ, the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, and other shows in New Jersey, Philadephia, San Jose, and Mexico. The website for the exhibition includes images and information about the exhibition, newworldborder.tumbler.com.
The full list of artists in New World Border is as follows: Scott Anderson, Christopher Beer, Kilil Bendeb, Melanie Cervantes, CROL, Francisco Dominguez, Emory Douglas, Gato, Ronnie Goodman, Art Hazelwood, Nancy Hom, Frances Jetter, Frank LaPena, Doug Minkler, Claude Moller, Emmanuel Montoya, Malaquias Montoya, Nicholas Naughton, Moktar Paki, Patrick Piazza, Calixto Robles, Favianna Rodriguez, Jos Sances, David Sanchez, Leon Sun, David Tomb, Anna Valdez, Mark Vallen, WERC, and Imin Yeh.
Ronnie Goodman, The Walls of Oppression that Divide Us, 2011, Linocut.
Favianna Rodriguez, Stop Family Separation, 2010, Digital print.