DescriptionThis is a poster about racism. Racism has infected humanity for many centuries. It surrounds us -- overt and violent, inconspicuous and passive, and terribly destructive to those targeted by it. Racism kills hundred of thousands of humans each year and makes the lives of millions miserable and desperate. People demonstrate racism through active, violent, destructive ways and others by passive acts of omission and exclusionary policies. The oppressors of racism denigrate, vilify, and dehumanize their targets to justify their attitudes and conduct. Exploitive societies have adopted racism to control and maintain power by dividing their populations and abating their influence by promoting hurt, confusion, bitterness, and distrust. A divided population is one that is easily controlled.The future of freedom for exploitative societies depends on liberating both the oppressors and the survivors of racism; without this there can be no lasting peace. Opportunities for constructive engagement need to be sought, where we can all find the information that we need to recognize our shared problem. With that awareness, we need to seek constructive allies. When the scope of those of us who are oppressors and those of us who are the victims of racism expands and the identification with more groups of people occurs, liberation from this devastating malady will truly commence. When we bleed we all bleed the same color.
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.