Not all artists are activists but many use their talents to express political ideas and question authority. Some even use their art to spur action. "One Year: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles," an exhibition at Glendale’s Brand Library and Art Gallery, does all of that and more.
Conceived by artists Joey Forsyte and Alex Kritselis, the show contains work by 20 Los Angeles-based artists, including Iranian artist HK Zamani, whose piece, "Fashion of The Veil," depicts several women wearing brightly colored hijabs.
Forsyte's installation honors her mother and invites visitors to write themselves postcard reminders to vote in 2018.
Forsyte and Zamani stopped by The Frame to talk about the show and Forsyte explained the tragedy that inspired her to create this particular installation: "I spent the year before the election taking care of my mother, who had breast cancer." Her mother died the day after casting her vote in the 2016 presidential election.
"One Year" closes Jan. 12 but most participating artists, along with many others, will take part in the Into Action exhibition in Chinatown, running from Jan. 13-21.