Created for Dream Wavers: a site-specific outdoor group exhibition co-curated by STNDRD and Katie Kirk.
Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University
March 18 - May 11, 2019
Reception: Saturday March 23, 1:30 - 3:30pm
A nod to the pirate flag, Take Me depicts an accusation as its warning, the pointed finger as its weapon. Backed by shadows of violence, this emblem rests on a collective history of abuse towards vulnerable bodies. It represents a dawning allegiance to movements such as #metoo and #timesup.
Curatorial Statement for Dream Wavers:
Flags fly in this expansive outdoor exhibition of waving signals, but the works in Dream Wavers break with conventional vexillography. Instead, this group show celebrates diverse approaches – through subversive content and materially experimental interpretations of the flag. An oversized hand, a pair of American flag trousers, a wreath of flames, and a flag of napkins all challenge traditional notions of flag design and explore the edges of possibility.
Twenty-four artists from across the US offer a range of distinct perspectives on identity, particularly in the current political and social landscape. Dream Wavers explore fissures and confluences–both personal and public–calling attention to vanishing communities; critically assessing urbanism, human rights, and political challenges; or quietly gesturing to remote histories, myths, and personal symbology. The act of raising these flags is a gesture of unveiling and revealing–to amend, renew, and support our present moment and our possible futures.