November 2 – December 15, 2019

Installation view of Art + Politics

Installation view of Art + Politics, 2019, at MOCA Jacksonville.

Who doesn’t understand fear, abuse, depression, bigotry, and racism? Who never felt the weight of the darkness?

Environmental instability, physical disability, displacement, immigrationthese are all issues that threaten our peaceful co-existence. Some of us feel personally threatened; others are concerned about the safety of our natural environment. Amid so much divisivenesswe struggle to find commonality and tussle to practice plurality. It is perhaps simpler to segregate, detachand self-isolate from the ongoing atmosphere of divisionbut is this the best we can do? The themes in the works presented here are controversial, yet together are harmonious. How did these young artists find a way to embrace the challenges and candidly discuss the yawning political divide? They established common ground among themselves and their dissenting opinions, learning something about each other, and establishing respect for one another as human beings. They imagined future where individuals from across the political spectrum gain new understanding and ideasand possibly build connection through respectful and open conversation. On the frontiers of developing common groundstudents used creativity, developed their artistic practiceand worked in collaboration. This approach was a great place to start; and these large-scale prints bridge all gaps.

Sheila Goloborotko
AssociateProfessor, Printmaking
UNF Art and Design Department

ART + POLITICS is a printmaking project of vibrant and graphic banners by students at UNF. Led by Professor Goloborotko, students are encouraged to freely discuss and interpret the world around them, and learn to respectfully disagree and develop common ground through art.