Goby Cantabs/ Willard Art at A-Space
Exhibition at A-Space Anarchist Community Center
4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia
Opening Reception, Friday January 10, 6:00 - 10
Lost or abandoned, Found Things cannot be owned again. I think of my art as liberation through decontextualization. Even when I do pure paintings I find I have in mind things I've found—a swirl of dust and leaves in a parking lot, a vanishing storm, rusted steel, cigarette butts, shattered mirrors.
Pieces of things, in being broken lose their names--their place in the spectacle-Empire of Money and Death--remade in visionary possibility. To me, assemblages are images of process in transition, things no longer what they were, not yet what they will become. A new reality, as yet unseen and unimagined, draws their disparate broken forms into compositions of change, promising a renewal that has not yet arrived, suggesting a coming revelation... The Beginning is Near.
I sign my work with my birth name, in honor of two artists in my family: my grandfather, who died two weeks before I was born, and my uncle, Willard Hardin. I write Poetry as Jacob Russell, but prefer to go by my Faerie name, Goby, a kind of fish able to change its sex at will. We are all a multiplicity—many names for the many souls we harbor.
Art for perpetual loan.
Because art should be available to all, not primarily to the moneyed class.
I do not sell my work, but because an artist deserves material support, I am open to and encourage, but do not require, contributions. The dollar amounts listed here represent what I believe would be a fair price, were I exhibiting in a commercial gallery. If you would like a piece, I ask only that you contribute what you are able, with the understanding that this is not a sale, but a perpetual loan, and that you will not sell or trade it for profit.
A-Space will receive the standard 30% of money received.
On Friday, January 17, I hope that artists and friends will gather at A-Space explore ideas about how to distribute art, compensate artists for their work, outside the capitalist model: art without commodification. If we cannot defeat Capitalism, lets do what we can to replace it and make it obsolete.
Goby Cantabs—for Willard Art