Greg Kucera Gallery
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“The commemorative stamps from the post office represent a view of history that only tells part of the story. This exhibit asks: what if the rest of the story were present and made into stamps, as well? The show Forever acknowledges civil rights martyrs that have not, and will probably never appear on the US Postage Stamps; not just the well-known supported and acknowledged civil rights leaders, for instance, but the legions of people who were unwilling participants, victims of racially motivated violence.
Forever brings into question who makes the criteria– whether for being an official civil rights martyr, or chosen for a commemorative stamp– and what if our criteria had a different objective? What if our criteria were an acknowledgment that aimed not just at putting the past behind us, but taking responsibility for it. Restoring to view what is often pushed away, and making something whole from both our owned, and unowned, experiences.”
Image: EMMETT LOUIS TILL - COMMEMORATIVE STAMP SET, 2019
Archival ink on archival paper 2 sheets, 8.5 x 11 inches each Edition of 32
Paul Rucker's Forever, 2019. Exhibition installation view at Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle.
Paul Rucker giving an artist talk at Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle.
Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, original compositions and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research and basic human emotions surrounding a particular subject matter. Much of his current work focuses on the Prison Industrial Complex and the many issues accompanying incarceration in its relationship to slavery. He has presented performances and visual art exhibitions across the country and has collaborated with educational institutions to address the issue of mass incarceration. Presentations have taken place in schools, active prisons and also inactive prisons such as Alcatraz.