Sean Taggart’s, “There’s no I in Hate,” Art Opening @ Sing Sing Kill Brewery
February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
Sing Sing Kill Brewery is pleased to announce we are hosting Sean Taggart’s art exhibition, “There’s no I in Hate,” in the taproom. Join us on Friday, February 28th from 7-10pm for the opening reception, where you’ll have a chance to meet the artist and be among the first to see his work in the space. Free and open to the public, complementary light bites will be served. Please note that Taggart’s work explores challenging topics that some may be sensitive to.
No longer forced underground or associated with the fringes of society, racism in America has percolated up into the forefront of national consciousness. Through the lens of the NYC hardcore scene of the 1980’s, There’s no I in Hate is a reflection of the systemic and pervasive racism in American culture that still plagues us today. The targets of Sean’s gritty approach to universal accountability include the subculture with which he once identified, which has been co-opted by white nationalists.
Growing up surrounded by downtown Manhattan’s myriad of ethnically segregated neighborhoods, he witnessed the racism that each group expresses toward each other. “We are a tribal species, after all, and by nature are insular and protective. As new groups ‘invade OUR territory’ the ‘native’ response is stereotypically hostile and aggressive.”
The outward expression of that base instinctive response has become the subject of much of Sean’s work. He challenges viewers to reflect on their own cultural mores and treatment of “others.”
“It’s ugly. It shouldn’t be glamorized or romanticized.”
In his lighter works, Sean takes on the military industrial complex. The aftermath of 9/11 and the testosterone-driven, over-compensating, impotent fascist response that led us into the Iraq War also are on display. Will history repeat itself?
Finally, hot on the heels of the latest album cover he created for Agnostic Front, Super Seven has released a collectible toy figure of the skinhead demon character Sean drew for AF’s breakout record some 35 years ago (available at Urban Outfitter’s).