Posted by: Department of Art and Design
APU Art & Design presents:
Artist lecture: October 10, 2017
5-6pm in Duke 127
Opening Reception: October 10, 2017
6-7:30pm in Duke Art Gallery
Exhibition runs: October 10 - November 3, 2017
Duke Art Gallery
peckingnets is a collaboration consisting of two MFA Art recipients from the California Institute of the Arts. we are invested in parsing through the social and political construction of whiteness and the ways that white supremacy is embedded in culture, particularly through language, objects, and images. we propose that it’s important to acknowledge that white supremacy is not always manifest in explicitly violent physical actions, but seeps in through the apparently mundane--“mundane” objects, images, and colloquial language are socially and politically charged. we’re also interested in interrogating and pointing to the ways in which the structure of white supremacy can latch onto notions of the “natural,” science, empiricism, and evidence, and thereby self-validate its existence and maintenance.
Since whiteness® is less essence than product, its existence requires concerted production. And in a culture where commerce is foolishly confused with governance, even whiteness—that just- add-water commodity of privilege and power—must be moved from the factory to the marketplace, must be distributed even as it maintains centrality. Yet, for whiteness to conceal its own manufacture (that it is made, not born), it must become if not invisible, blank. With Untitled, the L.A.-based artist collaborative peckingnets present a critical reckoning of whiteness’s stealthy movement through public consciousness.