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Tue May 21, 2019, 08:17 PM

Artist Kate Kretz was BANNED from Facebook for this piece. WARNING

The MAGA hat crowd are in denial about the racist front that they project.

Thankful that a Facebook friend saved the art and the artist's statement before it disappeared.



A Cautionary Tale on Art, Censorship & Social Media
by Kate Kretz - May 20

I’m one of those artists who’s been plugging away in the studio for the past thirty years. Part of the Art World’s middle tier, I am perpetually hovering on the edge of my “big break”, but I no longer hold my breath in wait for it. I have work in a few important collections, and a 25-page CV. I’ve won Arts Council grants in all the states I’ve lived in, I have a few nice exhibition catalogs, and have been in museum shows across the country and abroad. I hope to move up a few more rungs on the art world ladder before I die, but that’s far less important to me than consistently making work I am proud of.

Presently, all but the top 1% of artists are struggling. Several artist grants have dried up, and sales have declined, leaving creatives to expend more energy simply trying to make ends meet. So many middle-tier galleries have closed that a large number of artists like myself are managing our own careers full-time while making art. Social media has been a tremendous help in this area: I can create a new work, post it, get instant feedback, and often, within a few weeks or months, get offers to exhibit it. While a few hundred to a few thousand people might see my art “in real life” during the course of an exhibition, a strong, well-photographed image placed on social media can reach ten times as many eyes through multiple “shares”.

As artists look for new paradigms to cultivate audiences for our work, we gravitate towards platforms like Facebook. Many artists are introverts, or suffer from social anxiety. For them, social media is a godsend, because they can share what they make without awkward personal interactions and dreaded small talk. (Someone like Van Gogh, for example, would have loved it.) I’m an artist living outside of NYC, with a teaching job, a compulsive studio practice, and a child, so I rarely have time to socialize. I post on Instagram, despite the fact that I find the calculated branding, slickness and “following” games off putting, but most of my social media time is spent on Facebook. I like the longer conversational format, the ability to post multiple images / albums, and the opportunity to trade pictures and links back and forth in extended conversations. It’s become my primary source of social interaction with my peers, and my art career “distribution center”.

When it comes to my studio practice, I have always believed that art is supposed to tell the truth about things people don’t want to talk about. Within that realm, eight years ago my focus shifted from the personal to the political. I was thinking about the world my newborn daughter would grow up in. I was overwhelmed by the daily news and was starting to pick up on cultural rumblings all around me that were quite unsettling: that drove me to research and creation at an unprecedented, feverish pitch that continues to this day. My practice is now devoted to calling out injustices against disparate parts of our community, investigating overlaps to suggest that, although the victims may change, the perpetrators are often the same. I have named the ongoing series “#bullyculture”, because I believe that the U.S. cultivates aggression and entitlement in a myriad of ways, both overt and subtle. Much of the work in this series foreshadowed both the 2016 election and the #metoo movement by several years.

The series is difficult and provocative: it requires warning signs when exhibited. Early work on the fetishization of guns resulted in threats to me and my family. Some have said or implied that I am “asking for” whatever happens to me as a result of making this series. In response, I maintain that 1.) I have never heard anyone tell a male artist that he was “asking for it” (that term is, after all, the language of abuse), and, 2.) none of the art I have produced is more disturbing than the things happening in real life that inspired me to make the work. I am simply embroidering, burning wood, drawing or painting… not hurting humans, animals, or the earth, like the perpetrators featured in my work. Get outraged at the injustice, not the art calling it to light.

Within the larger “#bullyculture” context, there are sub-series: the one that currently engages me is called “The MAGA Hat Collection.” I have been ordering MAGA hats (all knockoffs, with the exception of one), ripping them apart, and then sewing them back together into traditional symbols of hatred. The works are meant to both call out wearers who claim the hats to be innocuous, and to sound the alarm that history is repeating itself.

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Reply Artist Kate Kretz was BANNED from Facebook for this piece. WARNING (Original post)
mia May 21 OP
ProudLib72 May 21 #1
TwilightZone May 21 #2
mia May 21 #4
gratuitous May 21 #18
Judi Lynn May 22 #36
Judi Lynn May 22 #37
triron May 22 #42
maxsolomon May 21 #3
mia May 21 #6
maxsolomon May 22 #29
Control-Z May 21 #5
mia May 21 #7
JudyM May 22 #35
Haggis for Breakfast May 22 #43
JudyM May 22 #45
davekriss May 21 #8
mia May 21 #9
davekriss May 22 #23
JoeOtterbein May 21 #10
mia May 21 #11
JoeOtterbein May 21 #15
JoeOtterbein May 21 #16
mia May 21 #17
JoeOtterbein May 21 #19
Captain Zero May 21 #12
JoeOtterbein May 21 #14
AllaN01Bear May 21 #13
smirkymonkey May 22 #24
uponit7771 May 22 #25
sandensea May 21 #20
iluvtennis May 21 #21
MontanaMama May 21 #22
hermetic May 22 #26
mia May 22 #27
CaptYossarian May 22 #28
JudyM May 22 #34
garybeck May 22 #30
brandnewday2009 May 22 #31
Kind of Blue May 22 #32
corbettkroehler May 22 #33
Chin music May 22 #38
Blue Owl May 22 #39
JoeOtterbein May 22 #40
mia May 22 #41
JoeOtterbein May 22 #44

Response to mia (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 08:19 PM

1. Banned for that?!?!?! WTF?

I mean, of all the possible people that should be banned...

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Response to mia (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 08:29 PM

2. It was just Facebook. Her website is still publicly available with everything intact.

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Response to TwilightZone (Reply #2)

Tue May 21, 2019, 08:37 PM

4. Good to know.

Thank you for the link to her website.

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Response to TwilightZone (Reply #2)

Tue May 21, 2019, 10:47 PM

18. Isn't "censorship" on Facebook a thing with conservatives right now?

I'll bet Fox and the rest of the Nitwit Brigade will be all over this in defense of Kretz and her artistic vision, right?

Whoa, crickets are out early this year.

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Response to TwilightZone (Reply #2)

Wed May 22, 2019, 03:47 PM

36. She has a series of people named "Gunlickers" in Google images:








York College art exhibit features men licking their guns
Mike Argento, margento@ydr.com Published 1:08 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2018 | Updated 1:09 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2018

Kate Kretz started thinking about it years ago, long before Harvey Weinstein and his peculiar ways sparked a national movement.

She was thinking about how all of this stuff was connected, how all of it crawled from the same fetid primordial pool.

She and her husband had a young daughter, and like many others, she would lay awake at night wondering about the state of the world and what kind of place her daughter would inherit. And she started thinking that the things that worried her all had a common denominator, a wellspring of terrible ideas and horrible behavior that permeated and poisoned our culture.

Mostly, she said, she "thought about how all of those things are connected in terms of how we treat anyone who's different than us," from gun culture to rape culture to misogyny to racism to, well, everything.

More:
https://www.ydr.com/story/opinion/columnists/mike-argento/2018/02/27/york-college-art-exhibit-features-men-licking-their-guns/376207002/

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Response to TwilightZone (Reply #2)

Wed May 22, 2019, 03:50 PM

37. Wow. Her website is outstanding! Thanks, so much! Love the "lie hole" series! n/t

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Response to TwilightZone (Reply #2)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:23 PM

42. Fuck Facebook. They helped get Trump installed. Zuckerberg's plan.

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Response to mia (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 08:36 PM

3. Where does her "Cautionary Tale" say she was banned from FB?

Maybe I don't read so good no more, but I don't see it.

Is it further into the unlinked piece?

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #3)

Tue May 21, 2019, 08:43 PM

6. Preface to the artist's statement.

This was the beginning of the facebook post....
Artist Kate Kretz was BANNED from Facebook for this piece.
It obviously touched the same nerve in a lot of people:
MAGA hat wearers who don't think that they are racist bullies just because they support a racist bully.

In FB's rush to pretend it is cracking down on racism and hate speech, they are suppressing the artists who use their art to point out hate speech.

If you feel this is a misdirection, please share or make your own statement. We will see how long this post is allowed to stay up, and if I end up in Facebook jail.

I have been following Kate's work for several years now. It is powerful and provocative. I don't always like it, but I always respect it... and her freedom to express herself.

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Response to mia (Reply #6)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:30 AM

29. Ok, but you didn't link to it.

Still, that's a FB post ABOUT her being "banned". I'd wager the Klan-hood post was taken down and she got a time-out.

This part: "We will see how long this post is allowed to stay up, and if I end up in Facebook jail" is typical FB share-bait bullshit.

I see jingoistic Trump-humper stuff from my elderly Aunt that uses the same victimhood rhetoric: "Share if you agree! We'll see who really loves 'Merica!"

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Response to mia (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 08:40 PM

5. Do you have a link to this artist's webpage?

Thanks, in advance!

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #5)

Tue May 21, 2019, 08:44 PM

7. Artist's webpage

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Response to mia (Reply #7)

Wed May 22, 2019, 03:36 PM

35. Thanks for the link. Her art is incredible.

I’m forwarding it to friends.

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Response to JudyM (Reply #35)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:24 PM

43. I must have spent an hour looking at her work.

Some of it was so powerful; I had a visceral reaction to certain pieces.



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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #43)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:22 PM

45. Right, me too. Visceral. Such talent and dedication!

Would be great if Tom Steyer types would engage her in national exposure.

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Response to mia (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 08:46 PM

8. Do you have a link?

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Response to davekriss (Reply #8)

Tue May 21, 2019, 08:47 PM

9. Do you mean to the artist's webpage?

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Response to mia (Reply #9)

Wed May 22, 2019, 12:32 AM

23. Thank you, yes, I meant the artists webpage

Apologies, I easily could have googled that up. Thanks!

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Response to mia (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 09:50 PM

10. I just posted this image to my Facebook page...

...I'll let you know what happens!

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Reply #10)

Tue May 21, 2019, 10:04 PM

11. Yes. Please do.

My FB friend's post is still up. Going on 2 hours.

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Response to mia (Reply #11)

Tue May 21, 2019, 10:24 PM

15. 34 minutes still up here! nt

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Response to mia (Reply #11)

Tue May 21, 2019, 10:38 PM

16. I'm getting curious if will be still up in the morning. I can't wait to see! nt

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Reply #16)

Tue May 21, 2019, 10:43 PM

17. I hope that it will still be there.

So glad that you you posted it!

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Response to mia (Reply #11)

Tue May 21, 2019, 11:04 PM

19. One hour and still up! nt

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Reply #10)

Tue May 21, 2019, 10:05 PM

12. wtg joe

I guess you were already considering leaving FB? Might as well go out with a #win

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Response to Captain Zero (Reply #12)

Tue May 21, 2019, 10:23 PM

14. You got it Captain! (as I stand at attention saluting or something !-) Stay tuned! nt

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Response to mia (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 10:21 PM

13. and yet they wont remove the biggest bully of them all.

he who shall not be named or redacted .

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #13)

Wed May 22, 2019, 01:10 AM

24. Yeah, imagine that!

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #13)

Wed May 22, 2019, 03:24 AM

25. IKR !?!?!

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Response to mia (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 11:10 PM

20. Ah, but there's a mistake:

That hood should have a Chinese or Taiwanese flag, as that's where MAGA hats are mostly made.

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Response to mia (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 11:16 PM

21. But the art reflects what's going on with the illegal occupant of the white house. nt

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Response to mia (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 11:18 PM

22. Check out this artist's "gunlicker" series.

Holy gawd. On point to say the least. http://www.katekretz.com/work-by-series#/gunlickers

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Response to mia (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:10 AM

26. Petition for Kate

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Response to hermetic (Reply #26)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:23 AM

27. Thank you for this link.

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Response to mia (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:34 AM

28. It should be on the cover of Time and Newsweek.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #28)

Wed May 22, 2019, 03:21 PM

34. Yes, definitely.

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Response to mia (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:32 AM

30. Reminds me of this one. Not banned (yet?)

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Response to mia (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 02:38 PM

32. Excellent, she solved her exposure problem

and will get more eyes and a lot more recognition for her works now.

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Response to mia (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 02:48 PM

33. Unfettered Admiration Offered

If only I possessed such creativity!

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Response to mia (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 04:19 PM

38. Getting banned from fb is a good thing.

Walk away, and focus on your art.

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Response to mia (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 06:15 PM

39. Jon McNaughton is the only artist that should be allowed on Facebook

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Response to mia (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 06:45 PM

40. My FB post of this is still up!

20 hours now.

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Reply #40)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:19 PM

41. Good news!

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Response to mia (Reply #41)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:29 PM

44. Maybe cause my RWNJ Trumper FB "friends" are so used to me...

...posting anti-Trump/GOP stuff all the time, they didn't notice enough to report me!

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