Sapphire is a group art exhibition coinciding with the 2016 presidential election. The exhibit leads up to the inauguration of our 45th president. Common Cause Illinois is the exhibition’s partnering non-profit organization. Common Cause engages the public on such issues as voting and elections, money in politics, and the ethics of media and democracy.
The civically-engaged artworks in Sapphire touch upon, elaborate, and divert from these civic issues through collage, painting, drawing, and sculpture. The exhibition features the works of Anna Elise Johnson, Jason Pallas, Deb Sokolow and Danh Vō. Certain works are conceived as “democratic” and invite direct interaction with visitors. Others provoke para-fictional narratives (a genre between fact and fiction) or reconcile a mediated world of bureaucratic imagery by dismantling signs of structure, power, and control to investigate how images are constructed and consumed.