(non)commercial: share alike
Documentation by Luis M. Garza
Carly A. Garza: @carlyagarza , www.carly-garza.com
Daryan Arcos: @chula_dair
Jon Tyson: @prayxplot , Pray X Plot
Jose Villalobos: @jvillalobos29 , www.josevillalobosart.com
Michael Martinez: @detribalizedaztec , www.michaelmartinez.org
Rafael F Gutierrez Jr.: @greyhellos
(non)commercial:share alike, is meant to reflect the ideas and subject matter broached by each of the 7 artists. Curator mark anthony martinez has selected a roster of artists, who employ conceptual practices within their works, straddling the line between fine art and commercial but who, more importantly are unapologetically rooted in identity. Most artists inevitability make work for sale, however, it is this particular selection of artists where the line between the commercial and concept becomes blurred.
More to the point, the phrase "noncommercial: share alike" is directly lifted from the ethos of the Creative Commons, wherein "If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original," and alludes to the noncommercial ideas, typically associated with conceptual practices. Ideas that are constantly being remixed for every new generation.
In the context of the exhibit, the "material" is in fact, the world in which we live — remixed, in order to shift perspectives on assumption or highlight opportunities to unlearn oppressive modes of being. This ethos applied to the ideas these artists tackle, serve as the lens in which to view the works on display. In this exhibition the works become strategies to subvert oppression, declarations of personhood and challenge puritanical assumptions placed upon each of our bodies. Transgressive artistic liberties that disrupt normative stances towards Race, Gender and Sexuality are ultimately what is displayed in this exhibition with the hope to, not only get a viewer to reevaluate their relation to injustice but, ultimately to SHARE ALIKE the values of an intersectional and equitable future.
Show Run: March 25 – April 19, 2017
*cover image: "Flaccid PeePee," Daryan Arcos, 2017