Artist Talk at Takt Kunstprojecktraum, Berlin
Copied and pasted from Takt Academy’s Facebook event:
Tuesday, 25.06.2013 17h
Amy Sacksteder’s artwork is rooted in painting and drawing, but also delves into installation and time-based media. Her work, which engages transience—often using landscape and natural imagery—has been sited on contemporary art websites and published in journals such as New American Paintings. Sacksteder’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally at many university galleries and venues such as Threewalls, Chicago; The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Champion Contemporary, Austin, Texas; the Drawing Room, Budapest, Hungary; and SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland. She has attended artist residencies in Illinois, Newfoundland, Southern France, Philadelphia, Budapest, Reykjavík and Berlin. Sacksteder received her BA in English from the University of Dayton in 2001 and her MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University in 2004. She lives and works in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Michigan University.
She will be giving a half-hour presentation on her artwork and influences.
For millennia, artists have used their crafts to poke fun at politicians. The proliferation of computer technology and the internet have democratized this process. Today, nearly anyone can create, alter, or caption images and video of politicians in order to generate laughs, to make a political point, or both. In this presentation I describe and analyze trends in citizen-generated artistic political content on the internet, particularly by reference to the portrayals of US Presidential and Vice-presidential candidates such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. I then discuss the ramifications this trend has for democratic discourse.