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). Two more shootings happened before it was completed (Chattenooga, TN on July 16, 2015 and LaFayette, LA on July 23, 2015). There continue to be more (Moneta, VA Aug 26 and Sacramento, CA, Sept 3) showing that we still need to imagine another way of life. Now Umpqua Community College; Kronan School, Trollhattan Sweeden; Tennessee State University; Washington Square Mall, University of California Merced; Paris; Planned Parenthood, Colorado Springs, Waffle House, Biloxi; Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino; La Loche Community School, Saskatchewan. Orlando.
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
When Life is Out of Balance
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
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
(Appearing in the Oklahoma Inspired Show at DNA Galleries, Nov 9 to Dec 3).
Playing With Fire
The Neonicotinoid Spring
Copyright 2018, James W. Weaver