Spoken & Unspoken (Juried show)

Saturday, January 6 – Sunday, February 4, 2018

Reception: February 2, First Friday, 6:00-8:00pm

Exhibition Details
Art is a democratic form of expression on the convoluted news around politics today. Utilizing both traditional, and non-traditional mediums, artists all over the nation have been creatively expressing distaste or excitement on the happenings of national and international politics. This exhibition will showcase voices of artists who refuse to be silent and actively engage in the citizens’ conversation.

Spoken/Unspoken is part of a countywide collaboration that brings together eleven venues across Santa Cruz County under a unifying theme. Please go to www.spokenunspokenart.com for a list of venues and exhibitions. This collaboration was generouslyfunded by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.

T.Mike Walker, Artist/Author/Teacher will be the Juror for this exhibition

Click on the photo to T.Mike’s book, Escape from Iran: The Re-Enslavement of Women and the Death of Modern Music” available on Amazon.

Juror’s Statement:

So often after viewing modern and abstract art the viewer walks away wondering: “What is the Artist trying to say?”

After experiencing the Spoken & Unspoken Exhibition, I hope that question will be answered–even if you don’t agree with what some of the Artists said!
Through their skills and craft, their art will stop you in your tracks, make you go back and look again, stir a feeling, make you think.

Art has always been a powerful catalyst for Citizen Conversations, especially Political Art. Sometimes Art Howls with Hurt and Rage! Sometimes it’s Hilarious. But Political Art is also serious, deep, shockingly honest, unlocking dark mysteries of the heart. Political Art takes positions, shows attitude,
strikes sparks from our collective soul. Such expressions take moral and physical courage to create. Because all too often Political Art, whether spoken or unspoken, costs them their jobs, their country, their lives!

Spoken & Unspoken is more than an experience. Using body language, color, tone, mood, medium, materials, and creative magic, the artists contained here-in speak powerful images reflecting some of the most painful Truths of our Time.

T.Mike Walker