A CALL TO ACTION at Kustera Projects

A CALL TO ACTION at Kustera Projects,  installation view

Kustera Projects, a gallery in Red Hook, Brooklyn, put out a “call to action” inviting artists locally and around the country to express their views of President Trump.  The response was quick and powerful, and likely not something the new president would approve.

More than 60 artists, most locally, but from cities as far off as Portland, Ore., sent drawings, paintings, sculpture, and mixed media installations in an exhibit titled, appropriately, “A Call to Action.”  The works fill the gallery’s walls to deliver compelling and dramatic messages on the current state of affairs. And it’s not, to put it mildly, an upbeat take.

Stella’s Mayhem performing at the opening of A Call To Action at Kustera projects.

One striking drawing entitled What a Uge Chumpion by Nicasio Fernandez depicts our Commander in Chief with half of his body in a garbage can. In one hand, he’s wearing a boxing glove and is punching himself in the face as blood runs from his ears, eyes, and nose and knocks out one of his teeth. A goofy looking man with an elongated nose carries a sign reading “Loser” and pointing at Trump while holding up Trump’s other arm. On the wall behind them is an American flag, and a painting of Trump raising his arm while he’s hit on the head by a UFO.

(L-R) Nicasio Fernandez, Franz Vila and Niki Singleton

Another artwork that speaks volumes is the framed print Nasty Grrrl Baby by Niki Singleton. The image depicts a female figure curled up in a ball like a baby in the womb with disparaging messages against girls and women written on one side such as “But… I don’t want to have a girl, they’re emotional and unpredictable” or “You’re a dirty animal.” On the other side of the female figure are empowering messages such as “Don’t worry honey! Our daughter is going to be a force to be reckoned with! A full on… Nasty Woman!!” Meanwhile, the body itself is embedded with a variety of images such as those from women’s marches across the country.

Installation view of A CALL TO ACTION at Kustera Projects.

A similarly framed print by Franz Vila entitled Republican Brand speaks volumes about the hypocritical values the artist sees in the party.  The background consists of several designs of the Confederate flag and a figure dressed in black in the center, with Trump’s frightening eyes coming through. Blunt renditions of Republican ideals also cover the image with sayings such as “No Abortions, Unformed Humans Are Sacred” and “Born Humans Are Disposable, More Weapons, More War, More Killings!” and “The Super Rich Pay For Our Elections, To Them We Must Serve.”

Besides sending an important message, this exhibition brings together many artists who work with many different types of media, with all of them united in expressing the same idea in his or her own unique way. A Call to Action is currently on view at Kustera Projects, 57 Wolcott Street, through Feb. 26. The gallery is open Thurs.-Sun. from 12-6 p.m.

 

A Call To Action at Kustera Projects

Feb 11-  Feb 26, 2017

57 Wolcott street, Brooklyn NY 11231

 

Writing by Alison Martin

Photographs provided by the gallery and Arte Fuse.

(R-L) Gallerist Anna Kustera with her partner the artist Carter Kustera at the opening.
Erick Montes doing his dance performance at the opening. .
Opening night for A CALL TO ACTION at Kustera Projects.
Opening night for A CALL TO ACTION at Kustera Projects.
Opening night for A CALL TO ACTION at Kustera Projects.
Spoken word by Larry Fisher at the opening.
Opening night for A CALL TO ACTION at Kustera Projects.
Installation view of A CALL TO ACTION at Kustera Projects.
Alison Martin

Alison Martin

Alison Martin is a lifelong resident of New York City. She loves to write and has a great appreciation for the arts and is very knowledgeable and passionate about New York City’s sites, attractions, and new art exhibits.

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