If you enjoy history and want to explore the fears and desires of people of the past look at their art. It will tell you what was on the minds of those who helped get us where we are.
“They can do anything,” says Fort Wayne Museum of Art director Charles Shepard. “There's almost no limit to what they can depict and there's almost no limit into how they do it.”
The 21st Century has been troubled from the start and clues to just how troubled can be found in the work of today's young artists. And the current exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art called 'Here and Now' is a good place to start. These are today's young hot bloods using their art to get us thinking. Street artist Shepard Fairey's work called 'Late Hour Riot' is very timely, a look at American justice seen through the eyes of African Americans. Katheryn Polk's 'This I Know'...a mother and daughter doing what's often called woman's work, the mother threading a needle as a fire rages in her belly. We are living in unsettled times with concerns much different from those of angry artists of the past like George Baselitz or Jackson Pollack.
“They had a lot of anguish they had a lot of pain but it was all egocentric,” says Shepard. “It was all self centered. So yeah, 'I got a lot of rage' but it's rage about 'what's in this for me'.
A house of worship mounted on tank tracks, white people partying, black people partying..celebrations equal but separate. Gay men and women who refuse to be tormented any longer. These aren't subjects foreign to us, this is anger once repressed now boiling to the surface. It's a world in desperate need of change staring back at the only ones who can change it. This is Eric Olson reporting.