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Our current exhibition features original art by Guy Stanley Philoche and

original art & photography by Artists of The Philoche Collection
from now until Sunday October 17, 2021. 

The Glass Key

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Size: 26 x 29

Framed | Oil on Canvas

Which truths, exactly, are "self-evident"? During these past few months, in the year of COVID, I've been thinking a lot about that. I've been painting and listening to reports of those in the streets. Of those who have died in those same streets. Of those who can't breathe. And as my brush reaches for the surface again, I begin to think about the comforting distance the cable box affords - just another abstraction, distant and diffuse, no more real than what X equals. I can still remember the riot gear on horseback, the fog of tear gas in the streets; I was so young in the sixties. But I still remember the thousands of people, their signs, their chanting, their fists raised, squeezed into segments between commercials.

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I have never known racism and probably never will. I can agree with all the political changes; I can support the social changes, the laws and legislation, I can empathize with all the injustices and still remain, essentially clueless. But what I must do is ask questions. With this brush and these hands, I can ask difficult questions. And as I am about to lay out my palette, I reconsider. Perhaps I'll do this painting in black and white.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." This is not an aspirational declaration that we simply hope might come true one day. The fact that we have never lived up to these words does not absolve us from fulfilling them. I don't believe this is the type of change that we can necessarily legislate, mandate or decree. This is not the kind of cultural change that will manifest of its own righteous accord. But it just might be the kind of change that will be measured in large part by what kind of parents our children will be. What kind of parent have I actually been? What lessons have I passed down? These are the questions that have to be asked. The ones we avoid in polite company. 

If our silence merely confirms our complicity. than as white Americans, I believe we have come to regard our complicity in the institutionalization of racism as one of those distant and diffuse abstractions that can be squeezed between commercials and dismissed; the door to our aspiration of equality, forever locked. 

As I clean my brushes, I wonder if we will ever come to fully realize that the agency to beach this portal and fulfill these self-evident truths has always been ours, always been there. During our Covid time, when the fragility of our independence has been so painfully revealed, will we ever come to the point where we will have no choice but to accept our mutual responsibility to each other? The simple, but brutal truth is that the key to our future, or our failure will rely on our commitment to a functioning multi-racial democracy. If all men are "created equal" and these truths are in fact "self-evident", the the question becomes a difficult one. Do we, "the people" still have the belly for it.

 

The Glass Key

Which truths, exactly, are "self-evident"? During these past few months, in the year of COVID, I've been thinking a lot about that. I've been painting and listening to reports of those in the streets. Of those who have died in those same streets. Of those who can't breathe. And as my brush reaches for the surface again, I begin to think about the comforting distance the cable box affords - just another abstraction, distant and diffuse, no more real than what X equals. I can still remember the riot gear on horseback, the fog of tear gas in the streets; I was so young in the sixties. But I still remember the thousands of people, their signs, their chanting, their fists raised, squeezed into segments between commercials.

see full description & specifications

I have never known racism and probably never will. I can agree with all the political changes; I can support the social changes, the laws and legislation, I can empathize with all the injustices and still remain, essentially clueless. But what I must do is ask questions. With this brush and these hands, I can ask difficult questions. And as I am about to lay out my palette, I reconsider. Perhaps I'll do this painting in black and white.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." This is not an aspirational declaration that we simply hope might come true one day. The fact that we have never lived up to these words does not absolve us from fulfilling them. I don't believe this is the type of change that we can necessarily legislate, mandate or decree. This is not the kind of cultural change that will manifest of its own righteous accord. But it just might be the kind of change that will be measured in large part by what kind of parents our children will be. What kind of parent have I actually been? What lessons have I passed down? These are the questions that have to be asked. The ones we avoid in polite company. 

If our silence merely confirms our complicity. than as white Americans, I believe we have come to regard our complicity in the institutionalization of racism as one of those distant and diffuse abstractions that can be squeezed between commercials and dismissed; the door to our aspiration of equality, forever locked. 

As I clean my brushes, I wonder if we will ever come to fully realize that the agency to beach this portal and fulfill these self-evident truths has always been ours, always been there. During our Covid time, when the fragility of our independence has been so painfully revealed, will we ever come to the point where we will have no choice but to accept our mutual responsibility to each other? The simple, but brutal truth is that the key to our future, or our failure will rely on our commitment to a functioning multi-racial democracy. If all men are "created equal" and these truths are in fact "self-evident", the the question becomes a difficult one. Do we, "the people" still have the belly for it.

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