Tuesday, October 13, 2009
CARLOS & DOMINGUEZ FINE ARTS
CARLOS & DOMINGUEZ FINE ARTS Gallery is proud to present this special exhibit as our entry in the annual PILSEN OPEN STUDIOS Art Walk for 2009. We are #30 on the map which you can access on the internet at: www.pilsenopenstudios.org There will be buses to take you around to the over 40 artists' studios and galleries.
PIPELINES & BORDERLINES--ROUND 2
NOW THAT "W" IS GONE AND OBAMA IS IN
EVERYTHING IS OK!
.........................OR IS IT?
The CARLOS & DOMINGUEZ FINE ARTS Gallery presents "PIPELINES & BORDERLINES--ROUND 2, a grass roots political print portfolio featuring artists from Canada, the United States, and Mexico, the three NAFTA countries.
This exhibition is curated by Beverly Keys and has already travelled to all three countries. Brochures documenting the project and giving updates on what "W" called "NAFTA-PLUS" will be available.
In 2008, artists from the U.S., Mexico and Canada collaborated to creat artworks to spread awareness of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), which the Bush administration called NAFTA-PLUS. It is an umbrella for 300 joint corporate and governmental initiatives. Corporations set the agendas and these initiatives were carried out with LITTLE legislative and absolutely NO public input or awareness.
Participating artists are:
RENE ARCEO, MARNIE BLAIR, NICOLAS DE JESUS, JAVIER LARA DIAZ, STEVE FISHER, JEFF ABBEY MALDONADO, JESUS ORLANDO MARTINEZ, CAROL FREIDLE, BALTZAR GODOY, MICHAEL MCGOVERN, LAURA MYNTTI, HEATHER HUSTON, EVELINE KOLIJN, BEVERLY KEYS, JANET SCHILL, MARY ELLEN PONSFORD, GABRIEL TRINIDAD, VICTOR JUAREZ VASQUEZ, & JOHN PITTMAN WEBER
Beverly Keys has chosen two of the 300 projects which affect all three countries for the focus of the PIPELINES & BORDERLINES portfolio exhibition.
The first is the OIL SANDS MINES project in Alberta, Canada. It is the largest surface mine in the world, with toxic chemicals endangering citizens as well as the wildlife left after massive deforestation. Thousands of laborers were bussed up from Mexico to work in the mines, promoting their exploitation, and weakening the labor force in all three countries.
This mine is large enough to be the SOLE REASON that Canada cannot meet its carbon reduction goals to combat global warming. A pipline is set to run from Alberta to mostly U.S. refineries, including the British Petroleum (BP) plant in Whiting, Indiana.
There, as we have heard, toxins will be released that will threaten the health of anyone who depends on Lake Michigan for drinking water.
The second project chosen was the AUTOMATED TARGETING SYSTEM (ATS), which combines the U.S. "no-fly" list into a single North American database. Every person flying over a U.S. border is assigned a "risk" assessment score.
It is full of errors and has assessed preschoolers and even the late Senator Ted Kennedy as "high risks". No one has access to find out what their score is and NO RIGHT TO CHALLENGE IT.
We are allowing pipelines to cross borders but preventing people from doing so. President Obama says that we need to rengotiate NAFTA, in order to "STOP THIS RACE TO THE BOTTOM.
You won't want to miss this important print portfolio exhibition by well-known artist from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
Artists can express emotions in unique ways. Is this exhibition visually exciting, YES! Is it political?.....YOU BETCHA!!
Your presence is invited and will be welcomed. Don't miss the opening reception on October 16th at 6:30 p.m.
CARLOS & DOMINGUEZ FINE ARTS Gallery
1538 W. Cullerton Street (2000 South, east of Ashland)
Chicago, Illinois 60608
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