A.s.t.r.o. issued the following announcement on Oct. 1.
October 4th, the Herberger Theater Center will be hosting the opening reception for their exhibition, Proudly I Stand. The show will feature twenty-five local artists selected through a blind jury process. Among them are two up-and-coming artists from Glendale Community College: Lee Miller and Percy Lind. This exhibition asked artists what they stand for in their lives. The body of work will represent the participants’ “willingness to proudly stand out from others” and illustrate what “empowers them to stand out or stand up,” whether that be an emotion, pain, gratitude, social issues, heritage, grief, or otherwise.
Lee’s piece, We Stand Together, emphasizes the need for the cooperation of humankind, despite our many differences, whether those be physical or experiential. “My piece shows three figures, each in different colors and ethnicities, to demonstrate the different walks of life,” Lee says. “The swoop in the middle connecting all of them symbolizes how, even though we're all different, we all must work together.”
The piece is done in oil paints and uses color as a means to embolden their message. “One of the most challenging parts of creating this piece was trying to figure out what colors fit together, and how to make their expressions serious and powerful,” they said.
Percy’s piece, Human Rights, stands to represent the transgender community. Inspired by the adage “Trans rights are human rights,” it calls attention to the adversity transgender people endure in a world that, at current, rejects the trans identity. “Society puts people in boxes from the day they’re born, and one of the most fiercely defended ideas in Western culture is the gender binary,” Percy says. “If you go against what society tells you you are, you can kicked out of your home. You can lose your job. You can be abused, verbally and physically. You can be killed-- all for trying to be who you are and comfortable in your own skin. You can lose a lot just for trying to be happy. It’s a lot of fear, for just trying to be happy.”
Human Rights is a request for recognition and a request for positive change. “I think society needs to be educated on the subject,” Percy adds. “I think, if people could be helped to understand other people, or even just be taught to let others be who they are-- we’d live in a better place. Trans rights are human rights. It shouldn’t have to be said.”
Proudly I Stand will open on Friday, October 4th with an artist reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The show will remain on exhibit through December 1st. The Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery is located at 222 East Monroe Street in Phoenix on the second floor of the building.
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