Press Release, August 2002
"Focus on Peace" by Nancy Burson is a project of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in collaboration with Creative Time. Launching in early September 2002, this unique campaign will distribute 30,000 postcards and 7,000 posters inscribed with the message "Focus on Peace" around the anniversary of September 11th.
Along with the postcards and posters, LMCC plans to hang a monumental 50x40 foot scrim banner along the WTC site's perimeter; and is currently looking for an appropriate location.
Forming a visual pun, the grey text floating on a monochromatic background "Focus on Peace" is comprised of letters that are slightly out of focus. A message with optic, psychic and meditative dimensions, which Burson elaborates in her artist statement (see Intention).
"Focus on Peace" is a citywide declaration that serves as a visualization/contemplation tool to shift our consciousness forward. It is a positive action message of healing and hope. Arts and community-based groups, schools and universities as well as small businesses and storefronts Downtown will be invited to display "Focus on Peace" posters and postcards. These materials as well as email blasts will be distributed during the first week of September until supplies last.
LMCC's public art projects are made possible in part through the generosity of the Rockefeller Foundation. This project is supported by Fotofolio and Modern Postcards Inc.
Nancy Burson's fourth book, Seeing and Believing: The Art of Nancy Burson, was published (Twin Palms Press) this year in conjunction with her traveling retrospective currently at the Blaffer Gallery in Houston. The exhibition was co-curated by Lynn Gumpert (Grey Art Gallery, NYC) and Terrie Sultan (Blaffer Gallery, Houston) and moves to the Weatherspoon Museum, NC in early 2003. Best known for her pioneering work in morphing technology, enabling law enforcement officials to locate missing children and adults, she has recently received media attention for her Human Race Machine, which allows viewers to see themselves as a different race. Her work is shown in museums and galleries worldwide.
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