SOLO GALLERY

Michael Hunt

OUR INVERTED DEMOCRACY:
The Long Winter

A collection of mashup images from an imaginary, unauthorized social studies textbook

Artist Talk, Saturday, March 4, 2 PM
Opening Reception March 4, 4 – 6 PM
Exhibition continues through March 26, 2017

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

The images –  sign quality vinyl on a lightweight aluminum backing – are of Great Depression-era portraits mixed with scenes of Miami Beach during Art Basel Week 2017.

These long gone ghosts are cast as modern day actors playing the leads in today’s stories, from BLM & the Women’s March to Occupy Wall Street & The Tea Party. Their backdrops are of the future underwater scuba parks of Miami Beach at the zenith of class and privilege, art week.

Titles are taken from chapter titles in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter. That novel chronicles a family working together everyday to survive a long and brutal winter, an apt narrative paralleling our present political environment.

Our Inverted Democracy: The Long Winter chronicles a time in our shared history where authoritarian has replaced authoritative, where five out five Americans are living with a leader four out of five Americans did not support.

The present – filled with headlines of systematic racism & sexism – look a lot like the past when these WPA photographs of men, women and children were taken in the deep south and dust bowl.

From prostitutes in New Orleans, out of work strawberry pickers and coal miners to young children all over America living in deep poverty, the portrait subjects relive the income inequality and white supremacy they experienced in their actual lifetimes.

There is – the time traveling photographers of this imaginary textbook have noticed –  a steel in the eyes of these subjects. There is a weariness yet also a glimmer of hope for a better life.


2017 Solo Show Artists

Juror: Susana Torruella Leval
Director Emerita El Museo del Barrio
Chair of the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission

MARIA KOLODZIEJ-ZINCIO
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February 4 - 26, 2017
Reception: Saturday, February 4, 4-6 PM
Meet the Artist: February 4, 2 PM
MICHAEL HUNT
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March 4 - 26, 2017
Reception: Saturday, March 4, 4-6 PM
Meet the Artist: March 4, 2PM
BARBARA MASTERSON
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April 1 - 30
Reception: April 1, 4-6PM
PADMA RAJENDRAN
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May 6 - 28, 2017
Reception: Saturday, May 6, 4-6 PM
Meet the Artist: TBD
KATE MCGLOUGHLIN
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June 3 - 25, 2017
Reception: Saturday, June 3, 4-6PM
Meet the Artist: TBD
KEN DREYFACK
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Meet the Artist: TBD
MATT FRIEBURGHAUS
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ELIN MENZIES
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MARCIA SLATKIN
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