Is your art political?
Not expressly in terms of its content, but in that it exists outside of the dominant cultural paradigm, yes.
Your favorite political artwork?
Tough choice and I’m sure there’s some I can’t think of at this moment, but off the top of my head and owing to my current political mood, I’d have to go with “American Procession” by Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet.
How do we move forward?
If humanity has a future, and I’m not saying it does, but if it does, we will move forward by prioritizing the people currently getting ground to dust, and learning from them and about them instead of destroying them. We move forward by dismantling the archaic and bluntly oppressive structures that are limiting so many people’s abilities to make the most of their life on this Earth.
Your inspiring plans for 2020?
Avoiding the Rona. Not going broke. Hanging on to fight another day. Leaning into my transition. Keeping up with my friends and loved ones near and far. Bracing for impact.
Leah Shane Dixon (Shane) is an artist in multiple media, whose diverse body of work explores fusion of oppositional polarities, transcendental themes, abstract symbolism, and humankind’s unique role within the natural world. A graduate of Pratt Institute and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Shane draws from their bi-coastal life experience, informed by the rich tapestry of artistic, historic, cultural, literary, musical and filmic trends of both Los Angeles and New York City. A second generation computer geek, Shane fuses the practices of digital- and video-based art making with the foundation art practices of drawing, painting, installation, and photography. In addition to their active art practice, Shane has curated many group art shows in Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Shane’s art has been seen at the Rubin Museum of Art (NYC), Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Santa Monica), Flower Pepper Gallery (Pasadena, CA), Gallery Western (LA), MuzeuMM (LA), OCCCA (Santa Ana, CA), Stone Ridge Center for the Arts (Kingston, NY), the Beacon Arts Building (Inglewood, CA), Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA), Angels Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro, CA), Art Basil (Van Nuys, CA), Proxy Place (Chatsworth, CA) and the Hotel Maya (Long Beach, CA). Their curatorial projects have been seen at Coagula Curatorial (LA) and Art Exchange (Long Beach, CA). Shane’s studio is at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro.
Shane uses the pronouns they/them/theirs or he/him/his.
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