June 21, 2010 – September 26, 2010
This 31-print installation by New York-based artist Robert Ransick focuses on the thirty-one U.S. states whose voters have amended their constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Using the official voter results and ballot measure text copyedited by hand, Ransick creates an emotionally and politically charged installation in response to this hot button issue. Using material that is simultaneously of public record and highly personal, State of the Union is a poetic call to action and a necessary record of this shifting and contentious moment in history. Robert Ransick is LACE’s second Visual Artists Network artist-in-residence and will be in Los Angeles for the week leading up to the Public Interest kick-off. For images of his artwork, visit www.robertransick.com/sou.htm
State of the Union has been made possible with the support of Bennington College and the Visual Artist’s Network Exhibition Residency, a program of the National Performance Network, whose major contributors are the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. For more information, www.npn.web.org. State of the Union Artists and Activists pamphlets have been generously provided by Printed Matter, NY.