Only Answer the Question Asked, paint on billboard armature. 2016.
Located at 101 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, Indiana. Curated by Rose Harding and Ana Meza.
“Only the Answer the Question Asked”
There is nothing here about saving children from bleating bombs in religious lands, or even about quote unquote natives screaming at quote unquote illegals to stop taking away veterans benefits. There is nothing here to show disdain for high capacity automatic weaponry being carried into fast-food restaurants scaring the souls of parents needing to explain to their children 2nd amendment rights written 200+ years ago. This is a political statement about political positioning – the positioning of power and privilege — privileged way too much to truly know discomfort and discrimination. Thus and hereby, are the effects of such a position:
This work is disrupting a moment. In direct contact and in the midst of global woes, they seize a time to raise questions beckoning to be answered against that which makes them seem utterly frivolous in comparison. It appears as a distraction; yet, there is an unmeasurable, indirect justice for this object to enter your space and begin making efforts of change. It is part of an unconscious collective made concrete and now exposed, shared and given, injected at times without notice or desire. Its potential will unknowingly arise in others somehow somewhere, to help instigate eventual rise-ups and walk-outs in response to perpetual shut-ups and sit-downs.
KEITH ALLyN SPENCER was born and raised in the American Southwest. He resides with his family in Bloomington, Indiana where he works as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University. He received his MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (2011) and a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at El Paso (2003). BlackLivesMatter. Recent group exhibitions consist of New Galerie at Yves Klein Archives (Paris), Simon Oldfield Gallery (London), Ditch Projects (Oregon), BigMedium (Austin), and Mixed Greens (NYC). Recent solo shows include The Composing Rooms (Berlin), Welcome Screen (London), Juicys Gallery (NYC), Oliver Francis Gallery (Dallas), Target (Indiana), and Domino’s Pizza (Rhode Island).
ROSE HARDING was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. She is based in Bloomington, IN and currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Indiana University.
Rose’s work frequently attempts to reconcile disillusionment with the physical body as a symptom of living in a patriarchal society and does so through video work, found object sculpture, and poetic gesture.
ANA MEZA is an artist born in Barranquilla,Colombia. She received an associate degree in Design Technology from IvyTech Community College 2011 and is currently studying Interior Design and Sculpture at Indiana University in Bloomington. Common themes in her art work include immigration, social identity, political structures, and how these issues can transform a space.