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Culture, The Exhibitionist Artist's Statement: Travis Somerville on How Art Can Tackle Racism

Artist's Statement: Travis Somerville on How Art Can Tackle Racism

It was Renoir who said that a work of art "must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, and carry you away." Interviews with artists should have a similar effect. With "Artist's Statement," our weekly interview series with prominent…
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Calendar, Night&Day Violent Images

Violent Images

There are artists who hit you over the head with the subject of race (see the "Racism Still Exists" posters that popped up recently in New York), and there are artists like Travis Somerville, who want people to work for…
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Letters to the Editor for the week of 11/21/2001

Taking a Hammer to Pac Bell I can't hear you -- you're breaking up: I found your piece "Call to Patriotism" (Matt Smith, Nov. 7) on the structural separation of Pac Bell intriguing, but I felt compelled to point out…
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Letters to the Editor

Paintings in Black and White Apparently not: Oh, the dramatic story: Travis Somerville transported at the tender age of 5 into "the heart of Southern redneck country," where he and his nobly liberal family suffered at the hands of…
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News, Feature Southern Discomfort

Southern Discomfort

"Do you want to see something weird?" asks Travis Somerville, pulling a Ku Klux Klan hood off a bust of John F. Kennedy. The bust is actually a cheap piggy bank made out of gold-colored plastic, and its rendering of…
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Culture, missing Rockin' Dixie

Rockin' Dixie

As smirking candidates and partisan spin doctors keep the spotlight focused on Florida, a pair of solo exhibitions by Bay Area artists at Catharine Clark Gallery are similarly spawned by life below the Mason-Dixon Line. Travis Somerville was born in…
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