The Collective Arts Incubator is proud to present Duty of Care, a group exhibition in various media by an international trio of artists; Max King Cap (USA), Edgar Endress (Chile), and Nuttaphol Ma (Thailand). Examining our social and political obligations to our fellow citizens—and the manifold ways in which we shirk this duty—the artists in Duty of Care document, enact, and embody our responsibilities and failings.
Organized by Jennifer Vanderpool and Ciara Ennis
|Exhibition Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In his “Tyrants” series Max King Cap inhabits the megalomania of dictators and despots through a series of self-portraits as Nicolae Ceausescu, Romanian president and grand schemer who oppressed and bankrupted his country; Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, who murdered homosexuals and journalists; and the Shah of Iran, whose personal secret police tortured and executed thousands. Through these self-portraits the artist asks the viewer, “What would you do with unlimited power?” He has asked himself this question and become ashamed of the answer.
In The Mask of the Shoeshiner Edgar Endress documented the financial instability of the middle-class in Bolivia, who, after a financial collapse, took any sort of job to make ends meet. One of those jobs was that of a shoe-shiner; they covered their faces so that the shame of their social diminishment might remain hidden. Mapping Power and Violence records the actions and connections of foreign mercenaries sent to assassinate the democratically elected Bolivian president, Evo Morales, who pledged to lessen the role of international corporate influence in his country.
Showing that our bargain Gap t-shirts and Target jeans come at a price—the sweatshops on foreign shores where workers earn pennies on the dollar—Nuttaphol Ma embodies the struggle of these workers by creating a sweatshop of one. In The China Outpost he confers dignity upon labor and adds an ecological coda as he recycles plastic bags and spins them into yarn.
The activism-inspired artwork of these three artists is a brand of creative non-fiction and belongs to a tradition of art that is politically and socially inspired. From Gericault to Goya to Leon Golub to William Kentridge, activist art has produced some of the most important works in the art historical canon. Endress, Ma, and Cap—carry on this tradition.
Nuttaphol Ma‘s multidisciplinary works are rooted in poetry, which he uses to celebrate and honor the heroic, mundane work associated with labor. He holds a BA in Economics from UC San Diego, an MSc in Architectural Conservation from The University of Hong Kong, and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University.
Edgar Endress teaches new media and public art at George Mason University where he is director of graduate programs in the School of Art. He has exhibited extensively throughout the Americas. Prof. Endress holds an MFA in Video Art from Syracuse University.
Max King Cap is an artist, educator, and writer whose work in various media has been seen in numerous galleries and museums in the USA and Europe. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from USC.
The exhibition was organized by Jennifer Vanderpool who has been awarded by the Andy Warhol Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and has lectured on her practice in England, the Netherlands, and Spain. She holds an MFA and an Interdisciplinary PhD in the Humanities from the University of California.
The exhibition was organized by Ciara Ennis who received her MA in curating contemporary art from the Royal College of Art. She has curated exhibitions in London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Amsterdam. Her exhibition Radiant Nature, a Getty funded exhibition of the work of Juan Downey, is currently on view at Pitzer College Art Galleries and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.