Vanessa German refers to her sculpture as “power figures.” The accumulation of objects that she collects from her neighborhood or the “flea-tique” markets she frequents are attached to the body parts of dolls in a manner that in some way recalls the Nkisi Nkondi religious idols made by the Kongo people of the Congo region in Africa.
Sanford Biggers creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Through a multi-disciplinary process and a syncretic creative approach he makes works that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.
“The Glass Pavilion truly represents the global character of The Ringling’s collection,” said Executive Director Steven High. “From Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Argentina, and Australia, the innovative work that artists are creating in glass is truly breathtaking.”
Although we admire works of art for their aesthetic qualities and the pleasure they bring us, the visual arts often address social injustice and send political messages. Three works form The Ringling’s collection exemplify how art has been used in this manner.