Thursday, July 26, 2007

Farm Bill Action Needed Today

The U.S. Farm Bill is up for a vote on TODAY in the House, and that it has not been reformed as hoped, to reduce the dumping of subsidized US commodities like cotton on Third World markets. I'm calling my Congressman to ask for two actions, which you are invited to take as well:

1. Vote Yes on the Kind-Flake "Fairness" Amendment to the Farm Bill which would reduce the commodity subsidies and shift them into subsidies based on environmental performance, risk management accounts, rural development, and nutrition.

2. Vote No on the Ag Committee Farm Bill if the Kind-Flake "Fairness" Amendment is not adopted.

For more information see the Peace Corps Advocacy website, or their partner organization Oxfam America.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Coverage of American Iron

Watch the clip on Kare11 of the American Iron display on Nicollet Mall last week.

There are more pictures and commentary on the
American Iron website and at KSTP.

A short commentary was give in Recycle Today.

Check this posting for more updates and coverage!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Snaps to Powderhorn

Rabi is participating in only 1 summer art fair this year and it is the Powderhorn Art Fair. He won the Community Showcase Invitational Award last year, so he decided to try his luck with the big boys this year.

Powderhorn Art Fair
August 4-5, 2007
Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
Powderhorn Park
Midtown Minneapolis
Booth #103

And please check out coverage of Rabi's work in the most recent Lavender issue. Rabi's participation in the Powderhorn Art Fair was previewed in "Art Palpitations: Minneapolis’ Art Fair Extravaganza."

Monday, July 16, 2007

Mother Earth: “What have you become?”

Mother Earth: “What have you become?”
Stainless steel & brass

I'm pleased to announce that this evening Rabi was awarded First Place in the Small Sculpture Category at the 7th Annual American Iron Metal Sculpture Competition, which is part of the 2007 Minneapolis Aquatennial celebration.

This piece is about global warming, wars and people not taking care of the earth. Mother Earth’s spirit contemplated herself and she saw that she was wounded everywhere. She started crying and asked “What have you become?”

As part of the competition, all artists have 1 hour to select their materials from the grounds of American Iron. This year, American Iron employee Kevin C was Rabi's guide during the retrieval day. Since the artists are not allowed to climb on the materials, Kevin climbed on top of a pile and found the metal globe. Once Rabi saw the globe, he had an image in his head as to the piece he was going to make. Since the Aquatennial celebrates water in Minneapolis, Rabi thought about the enviroment and global warming.

Kevin & Rabi at retrieval day with the piece that started it all.

Rabi & Kevin at the artist reception with the winning sculpture.

The sculpture will be on public display Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17th and 18th, on Nicollet Mall in front of the IDS Crystal Court (717 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis). All entries will eventually be posted on the American Iron site.

Please stop by the IDS Crystal Court from 10:30am-6pm if you get a chance. Otherwise, visit our Flickr site for photos of the piece and its creation.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Center for Independent Artists Exhibit

Please visit Rabi's solo exhibit Dargo.

Center for Independent Artists
Anexo Gallery
4137 Bloomington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

July 3rd - July 28th
Tuesdays - Saturdays, 12-5pm
Wednesdays until 9pm

Opening Reception
Friday, July 6th @ 6-9pm