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reFRAME / reFRAMING

 

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The essential idea behind reFRAMING
is that a specific crystallized demographic / person’s
point-of-view depends
on the frame it is viewed in.

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When the frame is shifted,

the meaning changes

and

thinking

and

behavior

often change along with it.

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Another way to understand
the concept of reFRAMING
is to imagine looking through
the frame of a camera lens.

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The picture seen through the lens
can be
changed and reshaped
to views / experiences
of

nascent truths 

and
expansive sensory possibilities

via

EXPLORING

 an unfixed exponential spectrum
of lenses from various
angles/distances/emotional/empirical/empathetic/spiritual

KALEIDOSCOPIC

vantage points.

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By the willingness
of even slightly changing
what is seen in the camera,
the once
‘conditioned’ / clung to’ / ‘conventional / ‘fixed’
cognitive and LIVED picture

IS

NOW

viewed
and
experienced
differently.

aNEW.

YES!

 

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Please click on link below for the catalyst of the reFRAME paintings.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/927-reframe-catherine-l-johnson-2020-false-narratives-7-terms-know-ken-burns-revision-versus-revisionist/

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reFRAME

A/ B/ C/ D/ E/ F/ G/ H

paintings

Each work is SOOT BLACK PAINT on FOUR PANELS
inscribed with METALLIC SILVER PENCIL mounted on white board

 

2020

Catherine L. Johnson

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Please click on each images for detail.
Please attend to the interstices between the 4 panels of each painting.

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interstice

[ in-tur-stis ]
noun, plural in·ter·stic·es [in-tur-stuh-seez, -stuh-siz] .
1. an intervening space.
2. a small or narrow space or interval between things or parts,
especially when one of a series of alternating uniform spaces and parts.
3. an interval of time.

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reFRAME: A                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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reFRAME: B                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

 

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reFRAME: C                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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reFRAME: D                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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reFRAME: E                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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reFRAME: F                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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reFRAME: G                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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reFRAME: H                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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Feelings Maya Angelou Quotes

how YOU SEE / FRAME someone

is

how YOU MAKE them feel

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do YOU HEAR / LISTEN to someone

as WHO they are

or 

do YOU HEAR / LISTEN to someone

as how YOU FRAMED them

 

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Steve Reich – Come Out 1966

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Come_Out_(Reich)

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Reich was asked to edit down tape footage into a form of collage for a benefit for the Harlem Six and Come Out was a byproduct of the collage’s production.[1] The Harlem Six were six black youths arrested for a murder of Margit Sugar, a Hungarian refugee, in Harlem in the weeks following the Little Fruit Stand Riot of 1964.[2] Only one of the six was responsible while the lead witness is generally considered the actual perpetrator. Truman Nelson, a civil rights activist and New Yorker who had asked Reich to compose a sound collage that was separate from Come Out, gave him a collection of tapes with recorded voices to use as source material. Nelson agreed to give Reich creative freedom with the tapes that he presented him for the sound collage. Come Out was a loop of four seconds of the more than 70 hours of tapes Nelson presented to Reich.[3]

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ONE month ago,
George Floyd was brutally inhumanly murdered by asphyxiation
by MPD Officer Chauvin and systemic racism.

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Please click on reFRAME (one of eight original paintings) for detail

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reFRAME: A                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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reFRAMEreFRAMING

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The essential idea behind reFRAMING
is that a specific crystallized demographic / person’s
point-of-view depends
on the frame it is viewed in.

X

When the frame is shifted,

the meaning changes

and

thinking

and

behavior

often change along with it.

X

Another way to understand
the concept of reFRAMING
is to imagine looking through
the frame of a camera lens.

X

The picture seen through the lens
can be
changed and reshaped
to views / experiences
of

nascent truths 

and
expansive sensory possibilities

via

EXPLORING

  an unfixed exponential spectrum
of lenses from various
angles/distance/emotional/empirical/empathetic/spiritual

KALEIDOSCOPIC

vantage points.

X

By the willingness
of even slightly changing
what is seen in the camera,
the once
‘conditioned’ / ‘clung to’ / ‘conventional’ / ‘fixed’
cognitive and LIVED picture

IS

NOW

viewed
and
experienced
differently.

aNEW.

YES!

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7 TERMS kNOW

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SEEing

and

SAY THE NAME

is the

ANVIL

for

reVITALized

optics

and

language

and

interactive social justice.

 

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Please Stop ‘Checking In to See If I’m Okay’

Whatever you think I might be feeling because of the news right now,
it’s not new for me this week.
https://www.thecut.com/2020/06/i-dont-need-your-check-in-texts.html
About a week ago, I called a friend on the East Coast,
another black woman working in public radio,
to talk about something weird that was happening.
“Hey, are you getting a bunch of texts
from random white people asking if you’re okay?” I asked.
“What? No,” she said. “You are?”
I told her that I’d heard from a handful of people,
some of whom I hadn’t communicated with for months,
saying they couldn’t imagine the pain I must be feeling.
That they were here for me if I needed them.
I thought maybe this was just a thing people were doing in hyperwoke Oakland.
But then the next day,
that friend sent me a screenshot from one of her friends with the same language,
“Can’t imagine how black people are feeling. I’m so sorry.”
Another friend got a text from someone
she hadn’t spoken to in six years that noted
that she was “important” and called her “a queen.”
https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2020/06/09/davis-how-to-be-a-white-ally-and-practice-antiracism

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Mapping the hundreds of Confederate statues across the US | George ...

 

There are 771 Confederate statues in the US

(Figures last updated July 2019 by Southern Poverty Law Center)
The Southern states of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and Texas
are home to half of the country’s Confederate statues and monuments.
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/06/mapping-hundreds-confederate-statues-200610103154036.html

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Natural History Does the Full Pander - WSJ

President Teddy Roosevelt
bookended
by generic representations of two marginalized demographics.
The visual language NAMES it.

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Ken Burns:

reVISION versus revisionist

FALSE NARRATIVES

EXCELLENT

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The African-Americans:

Many Rivers to Cross

with

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

6 episodes | PBS

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I Am Not Your Negro (2016) - Photo Gallery - IMDb

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

can be viewed on Amazon PRIME through 3 July 2020.

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Understanding racism

and

inequality in America

Stories, videos, photo essays, audio and graphics
on black history, progress, inequality and injustice.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/08/understanding-racism-inequality-america/?arc404=true

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United States History at South Texas College - Recon LO 4

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/921-emmett-till-george-floyd-the-tectonic-plates-shifted-and-the-400-old-cracked-down-volcano-erupted-be-a-soldier-of-social-justice/

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Trayvon Martin - Wikipedia

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/hall-of-lament-stand-your-ground-for-trayvon-martin-call-out-for-social-justice-moral-couragetruth-2012-st-paul-spring-art-crawl/

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/isaiah-and-first-light-night-multimedia-installation-catherine-l-johnson-dan-choma-spring-2013-st-paul-art-crawl/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/sonics-isaiah-and-first-light-at-night-multimedia-installation-catherine-l-johnson-daniel-choma/

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Harlem’s James Baldwin

“Pin Drop Speech”

 Cambridge University, 1965

https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/harlems-james-baldwin-pin-drop-speech-cambridge-university-1965-video/

 

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XGeorge Floyd independent autopsy and Minnesota officials say death ...

The Story Behind The Mural At The George Floyd Memorial

‘We literally all are George’:

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III

reflects on generations

of pain among

African Americans

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/07/politics/st-paul-minnesota-mayor-melvin-carter/index.html

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker

on

Race / Empathy / his Legislation to stop abuses of power by law enforcement

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                                          Catherine L. Johnson  2013

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-press-release/

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NINA SIMONE

REVOLUTION and STRANGE FRUIT

Interspersing the performances are clips of an interview in which
Nina Simone discusses the role of the artist in society.

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Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation

From the Center for Action and Contemplation

Image credit: Red Azaleas Singing and Dancing Rock and Roll Music (detail), Alma Thomas, 1976, Smithsonian American Art Museum, bequest of the artist, 1980.36.2A-C, Washington, DC.

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Contemplation and Racism

The Unspoken Privilege of Being White

Monday,  June 8, 2020
For a long time, I naively hoped that racism was a thing of the past. Those of us who are white have a very hard time seeing that we constantly receive special treatment [because of social systems built to prioritize people with white skin]. This systemic “white privilege” makes it harder for us to recognize the experiences of people of color as valid and real when they speak of racial profiling, police brutality, discrimination in the workplace, continued segregation in schools, lack of access to housing, and on and on. This is not the experience of most white people, so how can it be true? Now, we are being shown how limited our vision is.
Because we have never been on the other side, we largely do not recognize the structural access we enjoy, the trust we think we deserve, the assumption that we always belong and do not have to earn our belonging. All this we take for granted as normal. Only the outsider can spot these attitudes in us. [And we are quick to dismiss what is apparent to our neighbors who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color [BIPOC] from their lived experience.]
Of course, we all belong.There is no issue of more or less in the eyes of an Infinite God. Yet the ego believes the lie that there isn’t enough to go around and that for me to succeed or win, someone else must lose. And so we’ve greedily supported systems and governments that work to our own advantage at the expense of others, most often people of color or any highly visible difference. The advancement of the white person was too often at the cost of other people not advancing at all. A minor history course should make that rather clear.
I would have never seen my own white privilege if I had not been forced outside of my dominant white culture by travel, by working in the jail, by hearing stories from counselees and, frankly, by making a complete fool of myself in so many social settings—most of which I had the freedom to avoid!
Power [and privilege] never surrenders without a fight. If your entire life has been to live unquestioned in your position of power—a power that was culturally given to you, but you think you earned—there is almost no way you will give it up without major failure, suffering, humiliation, or defeat. As long as we really want to be on top and would take advantage of any privilege or short cut to get us there, we will never experience true “liberty, equality, fraternity” (revolutionary ideals that endure as mottos for France and Haiti).
If God operates as me, God operates as “thee” too, and the playing field is utterly leveled forever. Like Jesus, Francis, Clare, and many other humble mystics, we then rush down instead of up. In the act of letting go and choosing to become servants, community can at last be possible. The illusory state of privilege just gets in the way of neighboring and basic human friendship.
Gateway to Action & Contemplation:
What word or phrase resonates with or challenges me? What sensations do I notice in my body? What is mine to do?
Prayer for Our Community:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.
Listen to Fr. Richard read the prayer.
Story from Our Community:
Living blocks from the scene of George Floyd’s murder, I find it so hard to stay centered in love while in the midst of breaking news that is breaking my heart. I have cycled several times through the emotions of denial, sadness, anger and hope. . . As I stand in circle with my black, brown and white neighbors each evening before curfew, I have real hopes that our community and others across the country will finally confront the racism that infects the many systems of our city, state and country. —Michael T.
Share your own story with us.
Adapted from “Richard Rohr on White Privilege,” interview with Reverend Romal J. Tune (January 19, 2016).
Available at https://sojo.net/articles/richard-rohr-white-privilege.
Image credit: Red Azaleas Singing and Dancing Rock and Roll Music (detail), Alma Thomas, 1976,
Smithsonian American Art Museum, bequest of the artist, 1980.36.2A-C, Washington, DC.

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JANE ELLIOTT

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Elliott

 

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PINE TREE: HOPE                                                                              Catherine L. Johnson  2005

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/my-art-pursues-the-beauty-of-realization-rather-than-perfect-beauty-my-workart-is-a-communication-vehicle-catherine-l-johnson/
https://www.mnartists.org/artwork/pine-tree-hope-2005

 

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/we-women-of-all-colors-of-humanity-will-step-up-in-2012-and-vote-for-womens-rights-and-welfare-of-future-generations-we-women-are-not-complacent-we-women-are-not-compliant-we-women-are-not-com/

 

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Washington, DC, Protest

June 3, 2020

Singer Kenny Sway sets up a mic and speakers,
then proceeds to lead the crowd in a stirring rendition of

Lean On Me.

Video compiled from various cams that recorded this poignant moment.

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George Floyd:

Democrats take a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON ART

THE ART of CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

Michele Needs a Kidney

How can someone help?

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON ART

THE ART of CATHERINE L. JOHNSON