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Artists speak truth to power in 'Subversive'

Provocative subject draws 30-plus participants to Studio 107B exhibition

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 8/28/19

It wouldn't be the first time artists have used the power of creativity to "undermine the power or authority of an existing establishment or institution," according to the definition of the word …

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Artists speak truth to power in 'Subversive'

Provocative subject draws 30-plus participants to Studio 107B exhibition

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It wouldn't be the first time artists have used the power of creativity to "undermine the power or authority of an existing establishment or institution," according to the definition of the word "Subversive," which happens also tobe the title of the latest exhibition at Studio 107B on Taos Plaza.

Gallery owner-curator Maye Torres said more than 30 artists have been invited to submit works for the show, which deliberately asks them to look for ways to bring simmering issues to boil. "Can't wait to see what comes in for this show," Torres said in an email announcement.

The exhibit is slated to open with a reception Saturday (Aug. 31) from 4-7 p.m. Admission is free.

An initial group of submissions takes pointed looks at issues such as gun control, patriotism and immigration.

• Michael Miro's framed glass work depicts an American flag in which words have been imbedded between the red and white stripes. They read, "Subvert the bizarro world - It has hacked our minds/Something has changed, slowly almost imperceptibly./Even if we are paying attention, the endless distractions/and rationalizations make it easy to doubt, just enough/doubt to make it possible to believe that the future will somehow be just like the past. We do not see the/procession through the cosmic calendar or even the rising of the sea until the deluge is upon us once again./It will not be the first time that we have gone from building pyramids to throwing rocks at each other./Now it can be told - Everything we know is wrong."

• A black-and-white pen and ink drawing by Kent Allen Jones is titled "Red Flyer." It depicts a Radio Flyer Special Edition child's little red wagon on which is mounted what appears to be an M249 SAW Machine Gun.

• Felix Lucero's three-dimensional sculpture rendered in mixed media is titled "Charlottesville." It shows four automatic-style pistols joined at the barrel painted with red and white stripes with an adjoining blue field with white stars arranged in the shape of a Nazi swastika.

• "El Papelote del Niño" (the child's kite) by Tony Ortega shows a child's photo emblazoned upon a large kite with a red, white and blue tail flying over a landscape along the border between the United States and Mexico.

"Subversive" will remain on view through Oct. 6. The gallery is located at 107B North Taos Plaza. For more information, call (575) 779-7832 or email studio107b@icloud.com.

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