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And why does it matter?” Any change to the location or context of this work changes who “we” might be and where “here” is, bringing new nuances to the phrase. “I have always been fascinated by invisibility,” he explains. Taking forgotten and excluded people and histories as his principal subjects, his art often uses light to make them visible. The welcoming tone struck by this phrase insinuates that perhaps many of us haven’t always felt included. “I wanted to make a work that everyone can own—one that everyone can have….Because as soon as you read it, you say, ‘We belong here,’ and we do belong.” ", "Dedication" : "Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Anthony Meier in honor of Jeanne and Michael Klein, 2014", "Copyright_Type" : "edu; promo; web", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "electronic media", "Creation_Place2" : "Bahamian", "Department" : "American and Contemporary Art", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/2014.34.tif", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/2014.34.tif", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/2014.34.tif", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/2014.34.tif", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "16063", "Image_Type" : "Digital image", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 26617, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/26617", "Disp_Access_No" : "2020.33", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "2019", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "2019", "_Disp_End_Date" : "2019", "Disp_Title" : "Light Up Your Life (For Sandra Bland)", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "Light Up Your Life (For Sandra Bland)", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Cauleen Smith", "Sort_Artist" : "Smith, Cauleen", "Disp_Dimen" : "198.1 x 121.9 cm (78 x 48 in.)", "Disp_Height" : "198.1 cm", "Disp_Width" : "121.9 cm", "Dimen_Extent" : "overall", "Medium" : "Neon, Plexiglas, faceted hematite, and aluminum chain", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Neon, Plexiglas, faceted hematite, and aluminum chain", "Info_Page_Comm" : "Cauleen Smith’s neon banner blinks “I will light you up” and “I will light up your life.” Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia shouts the first statement at Sandra Bland, a Black woman, in a 2015 video of the rapidly escalating traffic stop that led to Bland’s death in police custody. The latter phrase plays on the song title “You Light Up My Life,” Debby Boone’s saccharine 1977 hit, which was reinterpreted by Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. Smith’s use of neon allows the reclamation and transformation of these phrases and imagining of alternative social conditions. Emblazoning the trooper’s words in neon makes them unforgettable, insisting that we witness the cruelty of racist state violence, but we see them change into something positive, rooted in care for others. Smith writes: “I wanted to play with this threat, ‘I will light you up,’ by finding a response that neutralized it. . . . And so this flashing neon is a dance off, a sing-a-thon, a battle, a protest, a memento mori that collectivizes Sandra Bland’s resistance, reclaims her sovereignty, and reifies the ways in which Black culture is inextricably woven into national identities and cultures.” Smith was a professor in UT Austin’s Department of Radio-Television-Film from 2001 to 2007. Her return to Texas for a residency at Artpace San Antonio, Bland’s death, and the more recent police killings of Botham Jean and Atatiana Jefferson in their Dallas-Fort Worth homes prompted her to create this work.", "Dedication" : "Commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio. Purchase through the generosity of an anonymous donor, 2020", "Copyright_Type" : "", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "electronic media", "Creation_Place2" : "", "Department" : "American and Contemporary Art", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ ] }, ] }