Kendell Geers' Love, By Any Means Necessary, 2019

Kendell Geers
Love, By Any Means Necessary, 2019

Sculpture

Neon

13.375 x 115.375 in

‘Love, By Any Means Necessary’ is a new, large-scale, black and white neon sculpture created by South African artist and curator Kendell Geers for the exhibition of the same name at Stephen Friedman Gallery. The title of the work and the show derives from the protest movements of the 1960s and the statement by Malcolm X that, “We declare our right on this Earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this Earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.”

The neon spells out ‘REVOLUTION’ in reverse so that the hidden word ‘LOVE’ reads forwards. This play on words is characteristic of Geers’ use of language in his practice. A wordsmith and a trickster, in this exhibition Geers aims to put love back into the revolution “by any means necessary”. The artist explains, “In the wake of more than a century marked by affluence, we now stand at a dangerous crossroads… The Land Rights Claims in South Africa, the fence along the USA border, abortion rights in Alabama, the European refugee crisis, the ‘gilets jaunes’, Brexit and climate change are not separate problems, but all simply facets of one larger problem of disintegration, dissolution, alienation, denial, segmentation, prejudice and bigotry in the name of profit.” In today’s highly charged socio-political climate perhaps the most subversive act of all is to love.

‘Love, By Any Means Necessary’ is a new, large-scale, black and white neon sculpture created by South African artist and curator Kendell Geers for the exhibition of the same name at Stephen Friedman… more

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