Vox Populi Series: PoMo Patriots by Tennessee Loveless
On President’s Day 2017, the partnership of artist Tennessee Loveless and his representing agency Combemale Creative, through ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art announced a new collection of American flag-inspired art called “Vox Populi“. They are premiering the first piece, “PoMo Patriots”, which is the start of a larger examination of how the voting population, though deeply divided, must come together. A nation that chooses understanding, critical thinking, and lessons from history, can change their perspective to move beyond, and rise above those in power who seek to mine those divisions for their own greed and personal gain.
In the first image, Loveless chose quotes from a variety of politicians, activists, and philosophers, who come from very different perspectives and represent the spectrum of political thought. These quotes speak of freedom, patriotism, and the importance of standing up for justice when necessary. From George Washington to Harvey Milk, Eleanor Roosevelt and Bayard Rustin, to Lincoln, Tennessee creates an inspiring, moving statement about resistance. Written into the design of the American flag, the words are presented upside-down, requiring those who examine it to shift their perspective in order to read it.
“PoMo Patriots” is the first of an American Flag series called “Vox Populi”, another element of which will include fifteen pieces set to articulate important voices, perspectives, and events that make up what it means to be American. They will make announcements as the art is released for viewing and sale. While this first original is sold, there are limited editions available in two versions.
There is a smaller image sized at 15 x 24 inches in a signed and numbered edition of 500 for $50, and a deluxe version sized at 21 x 32 inches, signed and numbered in an edition of 10 for $795.
*a percentage of the profits will go to the ACLU*
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better…..This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Abraham Lincoln
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression…..because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces action, uncompromising action. Malcolm X
Salvation for a race, nation or class must come from within. Freedom is never given. It is won. A. Philip Randolph
There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained. W.E.B. Du Bois
We need in every bay and community a group of angelic troublemakers. Bayard Rustin
Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down. Eleanor Roosevelt
Finally, let us understand that when we stand together, we will always win. When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win. Bernie Sanders
So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy. Roger Nash Baldwin
A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil. Grover Cleveland
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress. Barack Obama
Hope will never be silent. Harvey Milk
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King, Jr.
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage…. on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry S Truman
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington
FROM TENNESSEE ABOUT POMO PATRIOTS:
"I love America. I love my fellow Americans. I love my fellow Americans even if they hate me because I’m queer. I still love them. I love America so much I am willing to use whatever ability I have, to fight for people to be here. I love America so much that I am willing to create art as a mirror to show people, even though we were founded on a poisonous colonialist and ongoing imperialistic structure (which I dislike greatly and will continually fight against) that this ‘MELTING POT’ exists because of activism for ALL EQUAL RIGHTS. I love America so much, that I have used my blood, sweat, and tears to create a piece about a pattern I am ironically terrified of because of people confusing “patriotism” with “nationalism”. I love America so much that I used quotes of people who fought for inclusivity and equality like Malcolm X, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harvey Milk, Bayard Rustin and more… I love America so much that I turned their quotes upside down on the flag so that my fellow Americans had to contort themselves beyond the pattern to read what America was about. I love America so much that I flew to DC with this portrait and stood in front of every monument, INCLUDING THE WHITE HOUSE to talk about the state of our administration. I love America so much that I fought through my fellow American’s jeers, shade, and disdain for what I was doing.. and yet I was overwhelming met with hugs and tears. I love America. and yet I am afraid of the thing I love. Regardless I will fight as an advocate with my cis white privilege .. because my weapon and shield is a brush and my voice."
About Tennessee Loveless:
Tennessee Loveless is an artist who passionately delves into the subjects that speak to him, and has been increasingly noticed and well-received for doing so, skyrocketing in success and notoriety in only a few years. He’s been tailoring how he expresses his unique voice through a number of passion projects, which fortunately have been embraced by collectors around the world. Though he chooses Chicago as his home, he’s lived and created around the world, including Paris, Berlin, and LA. He started of his career painting drag queens in San Francisco, worked at Disney in licensing and production development, and moved on to become an official Disney interpretive artist. He is now building a variety of unique collections, including his Drag Landscapes and The Art Outsiders, and now the American Flag series. He is severely colorblind, but that hasn’t stopped him. In fact, it has led him to a visual style based in color psychology and layered with meaning. He is grateful knowing what some would see as an impediment has offered him a unique, artistic way of viewing the world. Find him at tennesseeloveless.com and artoutsiders.net, and all his available art for sale at artinsights.com
deluxe giclee 21 x 32