By Acacia Marable
Wyckoff Avenue at Starr Street, Brooklyn
May 13 through June 5
Shandaken Projects is pleased to announce the exhibition of Yard Sign by Acacia Marable, at Wyckoff Avenue and Starr Street, Brooklyn. Yard Sign references the proliferation of virtue signaling in America and prompts questions about its practical outcomes.
The first yard sign to feature the text “In this house we believe..." was made by Kristin Garvey, a Wisconsin woman, the day after Trump was elected president in 2016. The sign went viral, and Garvey set up mechanisms for sale proceeds to support ACLU. When production management became too large a task, responsibility for the sign and receipt of its proceeds were gifted to the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health. Soon, knockoffs flooded the market, enriching individuals through their sale. Marable's work reproduces Bertolt Brecht's "Writing the Truth, Five Difficulties" in the style of these signs.
Are you looking for ways to offer meaningful support to your neighbors? The artist has provided some ideas below.
Spilka This New York City–based collective is dedicated to providing people in Ukraine with lifesaving resources and critical supplies.
Paroleprep This organization helps prisoners applying for parole.
Jailhouse Lawyers Speak Prisoners fighting for human dignity and rights.
Black & Pink Black & Pink National is a prison abolitionist organization dedicated to abolishing the criminal punishment system and liberating LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system through advocacy, support, and organizing.
Communities United for Police Reform Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, bringing together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers, and activists to work for change.
Housing Justice 4 All An organization fighting for housing for every New Yorker from Buffalo to Brooklyn.
Trans Justice Funding Project A community-led funding initiative to support grassroots trans justice groups run by and for trans people.
G.L.I.T.S. A grassroots organization dedicated to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community in New York City and on a global scale.
In Our Hearts A New York City–based anarchist network of autonomous collectives, projects, and individuals building a culture of resistance since 2004.
Bushwick Ayuda Mutua This mutual aid group based in Bushwick helps people in need.
Frontera Fund This organization headquartered in the Rio Grande Valley fights for abortion access.
Acacia Marable (b. 1988) is an artist working, primarily in painting and drawing, between NYC and LA. He is interested in using play, humor, and failure to explore the personal and mundane aspects of life and how they shape the multiplicity of emotion and experience. He is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of California Riverside.