Monday, October 13, 2008

Using Art as a Statement

More so in the past than in today's cultural climate, artists often used their creative powers to make political statements. It's actually quite unusual to run across an artist who identifies so strongly with humanitarian issues as does artist Ildikó Kalapács of Spokane, WA. Currently she has two works which are being exhibited this month at the Two Wall Gallery, Vashon Island, Washington as part of the "Art of Democracy" exhibit, a National Coalition of Art Exhibitions aimed at the "Dire State of Politics" in this country.

"This past summer I was looking for venues to exhibit some of my art works which deal with environmental and identity (cultural/racial) issues," says Ildikó. She had two works accepted in the juried show. One painting is called "Carbon Footprint" and the other is "Native Not." (pictured above) "The body language of the figures incorporated into the works give my sense of the political situation right now in the US.: One is "free-falling" and the other is "rigid," she explains.

The exhibit lasts all month, so if you are in the Seattle area, please go out and see it.

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