The Politically Incorrect Opening
Sometimes being politically correct deals more with what you do than what you say. This Saturday, March 1st ArtForm Gallery and Tattoo will be hosting “Politically Incorrect,” an art show that literally addresses incorrect political action. This combination gallery and benefit show is “an art exhibition dedicated to making a change.” The suggested donation to attend is $5 at the door. If you want to give back even more, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will be collecting canned goods at the event.
We recently talked to the event organizer, Brady Kellner (aka Ziggy Sawdust) about the upcoming show. A human rights-themed art show has been in the back of Kellner’s mind for 3 to 4 years. One of his main goals for the event is to create ways to go beyond simply raising money. “Politically Incorrect” doesn’t just draw attention to the issues facing our world, it gives back, as all proceeds from artwork sold will be donated to action-oriented organizations like Amnesty International Local Group 39 and Brother’s Brother Foundation. By supporting causes through letter writing, advocacy, demonstrations, and film festivals, Amnesty International “provides ways for the community to come together.” Brother’s Brother Foundation, in addition to worldwide causes like providing pharmaceuticals to Africa, also helps locally to “find small things that fall in between the cracks.”
“Politically Incorrect” created an opportunity for Ziggy Sawdust to include a piece he’s been thinking about for seven years. Using his signature medium of woodography, the haunting images of anonymous hands and interlocking handcuffs draws attention to the unfortunate loop that is the prison system.
“People can take away their own meaning from it. What I take away is a statement about the prison system and how certain companies rely so much on the cheap labor from inmates. The United States contains something like 3% of world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners. Prisoners are given the option to either work or be placed in solitary confinement, creating a situation where they are almost being counted upon to act as funding for these prisons. It’s very exploitative.
Other examples of subjects addressed include Danielle Robinson‘s piece on the issues of bullying and weight, and an oil painting (the second of three shown here) by Rachel Renaudin highlighting “the immoral actions the Russian Government has enforced on peaceful political protesting.” For a complete list of artist to be featured check out the “Politically Incorrect” event page.