The Power Plant - 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8
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This season The Power Plant worked with exhibiting artist Ron Terada to produce an edition in conjunction with the exhibition WE DID THIS TO OURSELVES. Connected to his Black Paintings series which also features black text on black background, JESUS GUNS BABIES was produced as a silkscreen print in two colors—a gloss black varnish over matte black. Terada was intentional in his choice of a traditional, slower medium of production in contrast with the fast-moving flow of digital news, the source of the texts used for TL; DR and Black Painting series. JESUS GUNS BABIES points to the disbelief or distrust of mainstream media sources which lead to conspiratorial rhetoric, radicalization, polarization and extremism.
The three words are a provocative political slogan utilized by Georgia's Gubernatorial Candidate Kandiss Taylor in her campaign and infamously placed on her bus with no punctuation separating the words. Like the works in the exhibition, the edition alludes to the absurdity and anguish of the current political climate in the United States particularly, and in the world generally, where conspiratorial thinking and extremism are gaining ground. Terada’s choice of font, Summit, associated with sports culture, highlights hyper-patriotism and aggression.
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