This free poster takes a relatively apolitical statement, “Support The Arts,” and combines it with a socially and politically provocative assertion that artists make lousy slaves. Slavery is perhaps the penultimate expression of dehumanization, literally selling humanity for simple utility and profit. Art and artists are commonly viewed as of marginal utility, which is simply another way of saying that our vain culture and capitalist/consumerist economy finds it relatively difficult to monetize and/or control artistic expression. Thus, artistic expression is routinely relegated to the margins. Of course, the margins is where unvarnished truth tends to hang out more freely and where the marginalized more freely embrace truth. Heartfelt and expert expressions of the human experience are anathema to slavery, the crude making of chattel of men, women, and children for mere utility. Art and artists align with social justice concerns inasmuch as free expression is neither simply sold or controlled by commercial interests. May the experiences and expressions of artists provide inspiration for free living and just us for awe.
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