South End Verses 2018 Collaboration
Congratulations to Jessica Prescott (writer) & Morgan Goodrum (artist) for their latest collaboration on the South End Verses Art Placemaking Project. Read about the thoughtful and powerful meaning of the art installation here:
This installation is an abstract representation of truth and lies on the internet, the impact of smart phones on our youth, and cyber-bullying in particular.
Abstract shapes visually tell this story in order to represent abstract ideas. Truth and deception are such opposites that Morgan wanted to use organic and geometric shapes to represent them. Lies are harsh, like sharp-lined geometric shapes, while truth is more abstract, like organic shapes.
The geometric shapes overlap and pierce the organic shape as a metaphor of how truth is skewed because of the lies that are told. Lies come at young people from every direction, especially in social media, penetrating their thoughts and opinions, just like the geometric shapes penetrate the organic mass.
In the poem, a teen is scrolling through Instagram and sees a picture of herself smiling amongst her friends. She is calm, hand resting on her pregnant belly. She is happy to see herself - but then she notices hundreds of comments on her picture denigrating her and her pregnancy (which she wears a baggy shirt to hide).
When her pregnancy was discovered by her classmates it spread to the community. Kids felt emboldened by the platform and they were the opposite of compassionate.
The girl was strongly impacted by these comments, and didn’t go to school the next day. That can be interpreted however the reader prefers it.
Young people are not in a great position socially and psychologically to handle the pressure of social media. Studies everywhere show how Facebook makes us depressed (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201603/science-explains-how-facebook-makes-you-sad). There’s a movement called Wait Until 8th (https://www.waituntil8th.org/) so kids don’t get phones until they’re in 8th grade and presumably somewhat stronger socially than when they were 6th graders, etc.
It is a tricky world, and we all have to navigate media-heavy waters.
Artist & MakerSpace Studios at C3Lab
Being a creative hub in South End, C3Lab supports the efforts of artists at all stages of their careers by offering affordable artist space. To sustain the local arts community, C3 provides common spaces where artists can meet, socialize and collaborate, learn together and have creative dialogue about art being created, exhibit their current works and/or WIP and thrive in their artistic practice. C3 hosts an art exhibit each year featuring all the artists in Gallery C3.
Artists at C3Lab
Gallery C3 is an alternative art space that hosts exhibits featuring local, regional, national and international artists. From emerging to established artists, Gallery C3 supports traditional, contemporary, and hybrid art forms that integrate social, interdisciplinary, experimental, imaginative and innovative collaborations that are intended to stimulate, boldly shape and connect through an intimate exchange to the artistic community.
Upcoming Exhibit: RESISTANCE
What does resistance mean to you? What do you resist? As a nation and individually, we are confronted with issues such as immigration, healthcare, discrimination, climate change, white supremacy, and gender inequality, as well as countless other issues.
Curated by the OBRA COLLECTIVE, the show features the voices of local community artists in various mediums.
Opening night is Friday, May 4th from 7 to 10pm,
Event is FREE and open to everyone. Gallery Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 11am to 4pm and Wednesday from 11am to 1pm. Weekends by appointment only.