Art and artists have always had a role - and responsibility - to not only create work that is reflective of our society, but also takes a stance and challenges others' views and perceptions.
I’m starting on a new piece that I hope does just that, and this one will be much different than anything I’ve ever created.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what @kaepernick7 has started, and I continue to be amazing at how people can have polar opposite views of the same act.
On one side is Kaep and the players who peacefully protest against police brutality and promote equality (they are NOT protesting against military, the anthem, etc… how do I know? Because they’ve repeated stated this so there should be no ambiguity). No more police brutality and equality for all… two things that you’d think people would universally support.
However, on the other side is a group of people who have taken the position that the players ARE anti-military, anti-anthem, etc simply because of *how* they’ve chosen to protest. These folks are so outraged at the protest itself, and have disregarded the reason for the protest in the first place.
Originally I was going to write a long post about my thoughts on this situation but, over the past few weeks, I think just about every points has been mentioned for/against both sides.
Instead, I’m creating a piece of art that I hope can tell the story better than using words.
To be clear, this piece is NOT about which side is right or wrong; rather, it’s a piece that is rooted in social commentary - specifically in regards to those who oppose the protests.
So, even though I’ve stated what this piece is about, I’m curious to see how folks react as I progress through the piece. As such, this piece will also be a bit of a social experiment to see if people can see the same visual imagery and yet create their own meaning to fit their own narrative.
Let the fun begin! :) #art #drawing #kaepernick #kaepernick7 #nfl #protest #america #love #hate