"Red State. Blue State." on the print circuit.
After my Midway ended its run a year ago, interdisciplinary artist Clovis Blackwell asked if I would be willing to have his Los Angeles-based company, Fleur de Boom! Editions, create hand-pulled prints of an image from Bunko’s archives.
That’s a great idea, I thought, and first wondered if that would be a fitting way to offset some costs for my Thesis Exhibition in Spring 2018. Then something else came up: Winchester Cultural Center needed a sponsor of the 2017 “Life in Death” Juried Exhibition. The proceeds from print sales made it possible for PaintThisDesert and BunkoArchives to say yes on being a sponsor of art made for Clark County's Day of the Dead festival.
Over the summer Clovis and I planned for a new set of prints that will, this time, support production costs for my thesis show.
The signed and numbered prints are the BUNKO mark, and “Red State Blue State,” a piece that was written years ago and has now become a short linguistic decoder of this current political climate.
Mostly it is about making cool stuff with Clovis, an excellent printer and collaborator.
Will Rogers Monument"August 10, 2017, San Bernardino, California Theatre. Photo: Ed Fuentes
Field Note: As the sun's light was hitting the golden hour I was near one of my favorite pieces, "Will Rogers Monument" (1998-1999) by Kent Twitchell. It is made of two portraitures; the east side shows Rogers in his performance years: the image of a cowboy looking back with wise eyes. On the west side Twitchell captured Rogers’ mischief as a political commentator. He has been quoted to have said "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat" and "There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you." Imagine the witticisms from Rogers that would inspired by today’s political climate.
I found out details about the mural itself for a 2012 post at KCET:
The two murals, titled "Will Rogers Monument," were profiled in the San Bernardino Sun and stated that not only did the humorist make several appearances in the inland region, his last live performance was at the California Theatre was June 28, 1935. Rogers and his friend, aviator Wiley Post, died six weeks later when their plane crashed in Alaska.
"Will Rogers Monument" is on two sides of the California Theatre, located at 562 West 4th Street, in San Bernardino, California.
Alexa Hoyer, Suspended Circle, 2016, archival pigment print on Dibond, Tested Ground (05/26- 09/16/2017), UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art continues its 50th anniversary programming with four summer exhibitions featuring sculpture, drawing, photography, found objects, installation, and film. They are "connected by overarching questions about our place in the physical world." The press release is after the jump.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.