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THE QUOTES PROJECT ’92 by Kulov
October 12 @ 8:00 am - November 6 @ 5:00 pm
From left to right quotes by Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice, U.S. Supreme Court (a.k.a. Feminist), George Bush, President U.S.A. (a.k.a. Humanitarian) and Clarence Thomas, Justice, U.S. Supreme Court (a.k.a God’s Gift to Women)
THE QUOTES PROJECT ’92
October 12 – November 6, 2018
Created by performance artist and political activist Kulov prior to the U.S. presidential election of 1992, the Quotes Project features disturbing quotations by conservatives in the U.S. political system at the time, and presents them visually as “true” statements — without quotation marks and without immediately revealing their authors. The project was part of Re-Imagining America, a forum exhibition on democracy at Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago. It also appeared in art publications such as P-Form magazine and Chicago Artists’ News as PSAs in identical spots on every page of each publication. The main purpose of the project was to encourage the public, and especially artists, to get out and vote.
“As I was going through my work from the 1990s,” comments Kulov, “I realized that a lot of the issues which it exposes are unfortunately still topical today, under the current U.S. political climate (and White House administration). It seems as though we haven’t really moved further at all as a country in the past twenty-five years — the topics are the same and just the name of the players (or politicians) have changed.” The Quotes Project is a prime such example and if it has any context today, it is simply to expose that very dynamic. “And I hope,” continues Kulov, “that it encourages people to engage more politically in their communities and, most importantly, vote.”
The Quotes Project is re-presented by LACE: October 12 – November 6, 2018
The full story of this project is included in the book Kulov 90–15 > Twenty-Five Years of Political Public Art and Performances, available Election Day, November 6, 2018, through kulovart.com and amazon.com. Pre-order now at indiegogo.com/projects/kulov-90-15
For Kulov, art can be a dramatic medium that can be employed as a lightning rod for social discourse.
The artist’s political public art and performances provide an alternative and sometimes controversial view, always intended to provoke thought and create public dialogue. From visual commentaries and mail-art projects to billboards and political campaigns, from installations and provocative essays to queer (and even trans-positive) performances, Kulov always successfully recycle American popular culture through their own inescapable socialist upbringing.
Kulov are the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council. Their retrospective limited-edition book Kulov 90-00 > A Decade of Transformation is part of the artist’s book collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
For more info, visit: kulovart.com