Jason Laning is an artist, writer, and activist based in Brooklyn, New York. His work combines painting, drawing, collage, and writing in order to critique systems of power and domination, and to explore methods for advancing social change. He collects images from government photo databases, magazine advertising, and stills from television and film, and uses them as catalysts for abstracted responses. The resulting works repurpose the source images in directions that are often the exact opposite of their original intent: a snapshot of military officials meant to put a good face on foreign occupation and warfare instead becomes a contemplation of the brutality of imperialist militarism. Or, an image advertising a consumer product instead becomes a discussion of ideas for radicalized political action.
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