Faces & Voices art-mobile exhibition is embarking on its two-month odyssey, and will have a scheduled viewing opportunity on November 3, 2020. Faces & Voices will be at ArtSpace Maynard, 63 Summer Street, Maynard, MA, 9:00-11:00 AM on Election Day, after which it will travel throughout the region until the polls close at 8:00 PM.
ArtSpace Maynard is building on its creative response to these challenging times, amplifying anti-racism, social justice, issues of identity, and awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on people of color.
“The public artwork created by George Herman and Amanda Loebelenz brings a powerful aesthetic message to the community at a time of extreme crisis and much needed change. The arts have a long history of responding to issues in ways that bring unity, healing, and activism to fight for people’s freedoms. This art-mobile will become a catalyst for dialogue exploring matters of racism, social justice, racial equity, civic engagement and economic rights,” said ArtSpace Executive Director Jerry Beck.
The Faces & Voices art-mobile transforms a 1952 Ford pick-up truck and an 8’ high x 16’ long x 7’ wide enclosed trailer into a traveling gallery. On the exterior, George Herman’s piece, Transit/and Other, showcases his powerful, abstracted portraits of unnamed people who appear caught in transition – between dream and reality, passivity and intensity, sanity and torment – not unlike today’s society coping with the coronavirus and racial injustice. “This year has been dominated by disease and social upheaval. People have been kept inside by a pandemic, but years, decades, centuries of racial oppression and injustice have brought them out into the streets. These images present people who might alter society by their actions and by their very presence, and, in turn, are themselves altered by their engagement with society,” said Herman.
Image credit: Images courtesy of ArtSpace Maynard and George Herman.