First published in the Sept. 17 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
Popular Vote, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Marisa Futernick, will open at the Glendale Community College Art Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Futernick’s work explores the promise of the American Dream and calls attention to the inherent flexibility and fickleness of contemporary political discourse. Works on view include “Concession,” a series of site-specific photographs where the artist assumes the identity of 12 failed presidential candidates and “A Catalog of American Things,” an open-ended slideshow that pokes fun at the obsessive impulse to archive and market national identity. The people, places and objects featured in Futernick’s work demonstrate that the distinction between center and periphery can be both artificial and arbitrary.
Popular Vote runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 18. Events include a public reception with the artist on Oct. 1, from 4-7 p.m. There will also be a get-out-the-vote poster making workshop on Friday, Oct. 21, from 12-3 p.m., and a panel discussion on art and civic engagement on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 12:20-1:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
The GCC Art Gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 12-5 p.m. and is located on the third floor of the school’s library building.