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Nina Chanel Abney Mulls It Over In Arkansas

Nina Chanel Abney Mulls It Over In Arkansas

“It can’t be unity unless everyone is respected equally,” says contemporary artist and occasional muralist Nina Chanel Abney as she talks about her new four panelled installation in Northwest Arkansas.

Nina Chanel Abney. “Mull It Over”. In collaboration with Justkids / ARkanvas by OZ Art. Bentonville, Arkansas. December 2020. (photo courtesy of Just Kids)

In bold graphic style and unshaded color shapes Abney has to state the obvious – “Don’t Kill”, because, well, because you have to start somewhere. The peeling back of the initial layers of American racist history began in earnest in 2020 across the country and in the streets. Ground rules for meaningful exchange are slowly, intermittently, painfully, taking form.

Also, love.

Nina Chanel Abney. “Mull It Over”. In collaboration with Justkids / ARkanvas by OZ Art. Bentonville, Arkansas. December 2020. (photo courtesy of Just Kids)

“Mull it Over”.  That’s the title she has given to the piece that she finished last month along the Bentonville Razorback greenway trail, opposite the recently inaugurated art space The Momentary. It’s a great way to end the year, this year, as the artist continues to find ways to present thorny topics ranging from race, politics, religion, sex, identity, justice, and history using a modern language – complete with its non-sequiturs and jump-cut story-telling.

Organizers include the women-led curator group Justkids with Charlotte Dutoit and the Bentonville art organization OZ Art.

Nina Chanel Abney. “Mull It Over”. In collaboration with Justkids / ARkanvas by OZ Art. Bentonville, Arkansas. December 2020. (photo courtesy of Just Kids)
Nina Chanel Abney. “Mull It Over”. In collaboration with Justkids / ARkanvas by OZ Art. Bentonville, Arkansas. December 2020. (photo courtesy of Just Kids)
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BSA Film Friday 12.09.16

BSA Film Friday 12.09.16

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :
1. Mni Wiconi: The Stand At Standing Rock
2. Just Kids x Life Is Beautiful
3. “Nemco, Three Stages”: Primaticcio
4. RFK Mural Festival 2016 from Chop Em Down Films


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Mni Wiconi: The Stand At Standing Rock

“The Mother Earth is the grandmother of everything and the water is her blood. And it is through this blood we live.”

That seems simple enough. The Native Americans who have been fighting an oil pipeline running through their sacred lands, passed graves, near fresh water; they have gained a lot of attention, although not as much as one might expect. Here is a quick overview of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies trying to stop the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline – DAPL. With their quiet and firm determination and reasoned arguments they have gained respect from many – which may explain why so many US Veterans have joined with these people to fight.

Tangentially, as is the case of most protests that are grassroots, their signage is handmade, so we thought we’d feature this political art as analogous to political street art.


Just Kids x Life Is Beautiful

A montage by Raymesh Cintron of the murals for the “Life is Beautiful” festival presented by Just Kids in downtown Las Vegas. Their 4th edition under the guidance and vision of Charlotte Dutoit, there have been 40 new street pieces in that time. This year featured installations and murals – with some of them showing true originality in concepts that faithfully reflect and update the candyflash razzle dazzle of the Las Vegas aesthetic.

Artists include Fafi, Felipe Pantone, Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, Crystal Wagner, Mark Drew, Bezt (Etam Cru), Dulk, Martin Whatson, Amanda Parer, Mike Ross and Justin Favela.

“Nemco, Three Stages”: Primaticcio

Italian writer Nemco has an acrobatic flexibility that stretches and bounces back in his crisp lettering and unique ornamentation. Check him out in three open spaces this autumn knocking out a few ideas in Milan.

 

RFK Mural Festival 2016 from Chop Em Down Films

There is a discrimination in this world and slavery and slaughter and starvation. Governments repress their people; and millions are trapped in poverty while the nation grows rich; and wealth is lavished on armaments everywhere.

These are differing evils, but they are common works of man. They reflect the imperfection of human justice, the inadequacy of human compassion, our lack of sensibility toward the sufferings of our fellows.

But we can perhaps remember – even if only for a time – that those who live with us are our brothers; that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek – as we do – nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.”

– Bobby Kennedy, 1966

Murals at the RFK Community Schools in May 2016 by:
Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, Jeff Soto, Sam Flores, Hueman, David Flores, Greg Mike, Curiot, Mad Steez, Cyrcle, Andrew Hem, Mear One, Risk, Yoskay Yamamoto. James Bullough, Beau Stanton, Hebru Brantley, Hush, Charlie Edmiston, Colette Miller, Rob Hill, Dallas Clayton, Clinton Bopp, James Haunt, Jonas Never, Josh Everhorn, Baker’s Son, Jose Maradiaga-Andrade, Paige Smith

 

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