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OTI Online
Winter 2009

The Art Perspective
Curated by Linda Stein

We asked leading thinkers to describe New Revolutions We Need for a feminist and progressive future. Here's one response.


On The Issues Magazine provides an Online forum for artists to exhibit their art, including moving images and audio, as well as stills. This art section presents exciting responses relating to major themes of our day.

In this edition of On the Issues Magazine, we feature the art of New York artist, Joyce Kozloff. In keeping with the topic of this edition, New Revolutions We Need, Kozloff is a revolutionary artist for revolutionary times, expressed both in her art and politics.

Kozloff is an originating figure of the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970s, which was a "cultural melding" that challenged mainstream modern art. The recent work displayed here -- a combination of installation, sculpture and painting created since 2000 -- features maps and geographical interpretations that show her reflections and transition from that movement.

Throughout her career, Kozloff has made art about wars, past and present, and she has participated in innumerable peace actions throughout the country. Today, her art has become even more proactive in its anti-war themes, as she experiments with dramatizing visually the earthly and aerial landscapes of potential future threats: conflicts over securing helium from the moon; frightening monsters unleashed to target enemies; menacing maps with projected troop movements, and dizzying, disorienting and claustrophobic spaces.

In viewing Kozloff's art, one cannot help feeling the visceral response that comes with fight or flight, followed by the clenched-fist desire to revolutionize the world so that these futuristic wars do not occur.

I welcome feedback from online viewers with emails to LindaStein@ontheissuesmagazine.com
--Linda Stein



Also visit our catalog of Art Perspectives featuring:

Ursula O’Farrell is a California-based artist whose oil paintings explore themes of womanhood. Her work offers expressions of the feminine in large-scale paintings known for their bold colors, gestural strokes, thick textures and highly-charged emotional content.

The Guerrilla Girls is a group of artists – not always the same -- who work together. They are feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman, but their "cover" is the mask of a gorilla -- itself a play on the word "guerrilla" as a radical, underground fighter and street theater performance style. Each participant takes the name of a dead artist.

For years, Frances Jetter has made linocuts with political subject matter, focusing on disarmament, labor rights and human rights, about which she is passionate. Weapons seem especially horrific and intriguing to her. The artist believes that no armor can make people safe, and the fragility and mortality of human beings is at the center or her work.

Mary Miss, who has founded the City as Living Lab, which provides a framework for making issues of social and environmental sustainability tangible through collaboration and the arts.

Judy Chicago (born 1939) is a feminist artist, educator and author whose career spans almost half a century. She is known as one of the founders of the Feminist Art Movement, creating in the early 1970s the pioneering Feminist Art Program at Fresno State College (now California State University), which became a vehicle for intellectual stimulation and social change, influencing generations of women.

The art of Regina Frank incorporates textiles, computers, the Internet, solar and LED technology to investigate fields of tension, such as those between the rich and poor, virtual and real, analog and digital, masculine and feminine.

Michelle Stuart seeks to educate with her art. She is in search of a visual language to express nature’s more elusive aspects, along with the fragility of existence. Over her 50-year career, Stuart has drawn upon aspects from the natural world -- cycles, forms, colors -- while studying myriad cultures and histories. View our mini-retrospective in the Spring 2010 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

In keeping with the topic of Passion, Freedom & Women, Miriam Schapiro is a groundbreaking artist who, in her 60-year career, stepped out of the mold to fight for women’s artistic freedom and the democratization of art in the Winter 2010 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Faith Ringgold’s illustrated story, How the People Became Color Blind, with Ringgold herself reading the text that accompanies the drawings in the Fall 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Tammy Rae Carland: An artist tests identity by performing her father and mother in the Summer 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Judith K. Brodsky addresses discrimination against women in male arenas in the Spring 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

New York artist Joyce Kozloff, an originating figure of the Pattern and Decorative movement, in the Winter 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Martha Rosler, known for placing unsettling images in familiar places, in the Fall 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Suzanne Lacy's 1974 Project on Prostitution in the Summer 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Linda Stein’s sculpture envisions empowerment for women with HIV-AIDS in the May 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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