On November 14th, 2015, my piece Bernie Sanders is Finger Lickin’ Good was part of Art Bern – a Bernie Sanders Portrait Show, which ran at Future Studio Gallery in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Art Bern ran until December 6th, 2015 and was covered by the HuffPost.
About the piece:
I am concerned that no one in the Democratic field has the sex appeal necessary to be elected president in 2016. The current media landscape has become infected with a Kardashian Effect where celebrity and reality show behavior trump substance in the ratings grab. Sure Bernie Sanders’ social and economic justice policies are sexy, but I worry that the whole “Feel the Bern” hashtag popular with his supporters sounds like a slogan for chlamydia or at least a UTI – and that burning (Berning) connotes more of a destructive force. I am taking a different approach with Bernie Sanders is Finger Lickin’ Good and I hope America is ready to consume what Sanders is serving.
About the Exhibition:
ART BERN: Bernie Sanders Portrait Show
A Group Show by Artists Supporting Bernie Sanders
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14th, 2015 (from 7:00PM to 10:00PM)
On view by appointment to December 6th
Future Studio Gallery
5558 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles CA 90042 (Highland Park)
Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy has ignited enthusiastic interest and support from the creative Los Angeles community. This art exhibit, organized by renowned artist Margaret Garcia with Future Studio Gallery, features nearly 3 dozen visual artists working in media from oil paint to wood sculpture to nail polish art to crop art to multiples—all work has been created especially for this exhibit.
Participating Artists included Abel Alejandre, David G. Brown, Dolores Carlos, Art Carrillo, Sandra Cornejo, Carol Colin, Margarita Cuaron, Marsian De Lellis, Stan Edmondson, Beth Elliott, Margaret Garcia, Frannie Garretson, Robert Guillen, Amy Inouye , Waynna Kato, Krystine Kryttre, Bonnie Lambert, Tod Lychkoff, Brian Mallman, Barry Markowitz, Sybil McMiller, Cathi Milligan, Elisa Padilla, Christine Papalexis, Joseph Peterson, Ester Petschar, Joe Potts, Carla Rajnus, Stuart Rapeport, Tom Recchion, Chris Sheets, Suzanne Siegel, Herbert Siguenza, Albert Vitella, and J. Michael Walker.
Work is reasonably priced from $10 (original art tshirts by Joe Potts), with most art priced at $100 to $300. Gallery commissions and a portion or all of artists’ proceeds will benefit Bernie 2016.
Future Studio Gallery is an artist-run studio/gallery that is also known as the home of Chicken Boy, the Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles, a 22-foot tall roadside L.A. fiberglass icon who is installed atop the roof. The gallery has been participating in NELA (North East Los Angeles) Art Second Gallery Night since its inception in 2006. It has become known as a community art space where old friends meet and new friends are welcome; where always-interesting art can be seen, and intelligent conversation can be had. It also houses the Chicken Boy Souvenir Shop, which carries Los Angeles-centric, vintage, and pop culture merchandise. A gallery shop will be created featuring an Art Bern section for continuing sales.