GRAND OPENING JANUARY 6TH, 2017
Don Wilkison, an artist working as m.o.i. aka The Minister of Information
Bright Before Me.
Just a year ago the world seemed much less incongruous than today. The past year was a traumatic one. In Syria, where half the country has been displaced by an ongoing civil war, refugees sought humanitarian relief but the world responded with chaos, isolationism, and Brexit. Terrorism moved deeper into public spaces with tragic consequences in Orlando, Istanbul, Nice, Paris, and Tel Aviv. In the US alone, more than 150 unarmed people died at the hands of police. Persons of color accounted for almost half (45%) of these killings. Global temperatures rose to the second highest recorded levels yet powerful, capital interests continued to aggressively challenge common sense, sound science, and water protectors. Russians successfully invaded the Capital and we responded by electing a sullied brand, rather than the most qualified candidate in our history, to be our next President. What were we thinking? And where is our place in this insane world? It’s easy to be paralyzed by all of this mayhem but that is neither healthy, productive, or a viable option for the near future. Bright Before Me, m.o.i.’s work for the Lisa Marie Evan’s Look Up, Speak Up window series begins by suggesting that two essential questions must first be addressed at the beginning of 2017. How did we get here? And where do we go? A deeper understanding and full knowledge of these basic tenets are the first steps needed to create fruitful resistance.
[Bright Before Me. 2017. Wood, LED lights, and paint. 24 X 24 X 6 inches.]
Price on request.
m.o.i. is a multi-disciplinary artist working in a variety of approaches and media, including collaborative public installations and interventions, experimental film, photography, print making, and sculpture. m.o.i. creates work with multiple entry and exit points so that universal, contemporary issues can be probed, deconstructed, and reimagined in a more positive light with particular focus on how a consumer society colors perceptions. m.o.i. civic engagements lie at the intersection of middle-class economics, progressive politics, and environmental science. As much public servant as artist, m.o.i. resists entrenched institutional and cultural indifference with a practice that crosses many platforms and engages with any number of techniques: performance, printmaking, photography, experimental film, and sculpture.