HALFSIES (in progress)

February 12th, 2010 by Justin Kemerling
[caption id="attachment_1093" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="One Half"][/caption] I'm in the process of making my piece for the Manifest Equality gallery in LA coming up this March. I answered these questions for the "meet the artist" blog on their site: Why have you chosen to participate in Manifest Equality? Being part of the push for a better, more equal place to live with such an inspiring group of culture creators is one of those things you just have to do. Manifest Equality? Yes, of course. I'm in. Describe a bit about your submission to the gallery or the creative process you are putting into it. I'd say the artwork is bold and light-hearted. It's called "HALFSIES or Dear Lovers Keep Loving". At the most basic level, two halves make a whole, no matter what. So just keep lovin'. The art and design work I do always simplifies, is rather direct, and looks at the use of the piece. In this case, my wife and I have 2 other pieces I made hanging above our bed that say "always love." She said to me the other day, that I'm her half. I totally love that. When it's about love, that's how it is. All else collides in a mishmash of politics, religion, prejudice, stereotypes, taboos, and whatever else is used to callously deny the expression of love between people. The process I went through ended on wanting to assure all of us that the issue is so simple we'll get it sorted out. Until then, just keep loving each other. Also, I like big type. What else would you like to manifest? Things that America doesn't like to talk about. A couple of examples: A Department of Peace, a humane immigration system, and economic justice. Really, I see the momentum building from Manifest Hope to Manifest Equality as only the beginning. What this can be is a movement of culture creation so powerful it continues to break down walls and helps make the dream of a more fair and just society for ALL increasingly inevitable.

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