Our good friend and Sea Farm City artist Matthew Usinowicz has been in Melbourne, Australia for the last few weeks as part of his exhibition "The Block Is Hot" at Seventh Gallery. "The Block Is Hot" explores the form of the campaign button as a way to comment on the unprecedented stakes of this year's presidential election. Typical of Usinowicz, the work he's created uses the intersection of social classism, music, and human accumulation to critique power-hungry and privileged politicians on both sides of the aisle. From his show statement:
We are (I am) currently living in a violent and divided country, it seems we are very close to complete chaos – about to boil over. There is a fire burning, politically, socially, and who or what is going to extinguish this fire?
In honor of "The Block Is Hot" Sea Farm City is proud to announce the availability of Usinowicz's Extra Ties zine. An ode to the food culture and butcher shops that raised him, the zine was created specifically for SFC's "Looking Local" exhibition at Antenna Gallery early this year. To purchase click here
As part of Seventh Gallery's "Writer's Program" Matthew was put in contact with local writer Madeleine Russo, and the two exchanged ideas on power, rebellion, and pop-culture. To read the excellent piece she wrote in reaction to their discussion click here
To see more of Matthew's work click here