The Art Rage Gallery in Syracuse, New York exhibits “..art that cultivates critical thinking skills; leading to question the power structures that exist in our society and to imagine other ways of life.“
The projects on this page also express “art rage” in the same sense of critical thinking, questioning, and imagining other ways of life. The first of these projects is called The Shooter, and was started after the Emanuel Baptist Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina (June 17, 2015).
The Shooter was juried into the 2015 Seven-States Biennial at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The Coyotes’ Dream–That He Just Plays the Slots
The Coyote’s Dream appeared in Guns in the USA, at the Gallery 8680 in Frisco, Tx.
Awash (After the Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai)
Awash appeared in Guns in the USA, at the Gallery 8680 in Frisco, Tx.
When Life is Out of Balance
When Life is Out of Balance appeared in VisionMakers 2020 at the 108 Contemporary in Tulsa, OK
An Exceptional Day in the Empire of the Rising Sun
On August 6, 2015, the Ada Evening News had a front page article about the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Below the level of the exploding bomb memories of survivors hover above the burning ground. Above the bomb are equally horrific memories, primarily from Japanese prisoners of war. Each of these sets of memories speak for themselves. On the bomb itself U.S. soldiers wrote messages and obscenities; One that was preserved was “Greetings to Emperor Hirohito from the men of the Indianapolis.” The streamers waving behind the bomb remind about Japanese atrocities: Pearl Harbor, the Bataan death march, the hell ships. Ruth’s, my wife’s, father survived abandonment by General MacArthur in the Philippines, the Bataan Death March of 1941, prison on the Philippines, the 12 day journey of the Noto Maru hell ship in 1944, and another year in a prison camp on the Japanese mainland. One of the the memories floating down with the bomb is his as he relayed it to me.
In small quiet letters, the famous Peaceable Kingdom quotation from Isaiah bridges the two halves of the image: “and the lion shall lay down with the lamb.” It indicts all mankind, be they Japanese or American, because for the lion to lay down with the lamb the very nature of life would have to change, but only comparatively trivial changes are needed for humans to coexist.
An Exceptional Day in the Empire of the Rising Sun was jurored into the 2016 Tulsa Artist’s Coalition members show, the 2017 Paseo Arts Association Members Show, and the 2017 Seven-States Biennial at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Palmyra in the Coyote’s Dream
Civilization’s past, buried with treasures from the Earth itself, reflects the long history of humanity. Beneath our feet lie the relics of past documenting the achievements and ignominy of our history. Watched by the eyes of others, these continue in an unbroken chain down to the present day. Mr. Coyote only kills what he needs to eat and feed his pups, and destroys nothing. Called a varmint, Mr. Coyote dreams of the day when peace will rule the world. Palmyra, in the Coyote’s Dream, was not destroyed, and the realization of his dream comes so slowly that it remains a dream.
Their Stomachs Were Filled with Plastic and Car Parts
It’s Never Really Gone
The Year it Rained So Much in May
The Year it Rained So Much in May commemorates 2015 when we received almost 80 inches of rain throughout the year; 20 inches of it came in May. I saw a meme that explained that climate was the weather’s trainer, and the weather threw the punches.
The Year it Rained So Much in May was jurored into the 2017 National Weather Serviced Biennale, and won 2nd place in the 36th annual Artists of the Arbuckles show.
October 21–We Didn’t Expect a Storm Like This
Appeared in the Oklahoma Inspired Show at DNA Galleries, Oklahoma City.
Playing With Fire
The Climate Change Denier
The Climate Change Denier was proposed for five juried shows and was “not-accepted” each time.
The Neonicotinoid Spring
The title “The Neonicotinoid Spring” plays homage to Rachel Carson and her book Silent Spring. The piece was inspired by an article that said a study found pesticide residues in consumer brands of tea. Pesticide Man sprays a mixture of pesticides, including neonicotinoids, on thriving tea plants. Among the pesticides is the chemical formula for a beneficial compound in tea, which indicates how bad is mixed with good. Tea is served from a teapot with the word pesticide written in a language many people don’t understand, much like the way many people don’t understand the impact of pesticides.
The Neonicotinoid Spring appeared in “The Environmental Crisis” at Eltham College, London, 2020.
Copyright 2020, James W. Weaver