UNTIL EVERY ANIMAL IS FREE – An exhibition of works by the Artists of Direct Action Everywhere (DxE)
We are a group of artists/animal rights activists committed to ending the exploitation of animals for food, clothing, entertainment and research. The Artists of DxE seek to end speciesism, the belief that human needs and wants supersede the needs and wants of all the other creatures and indeed, the environment itself.
Through our photographs, paintings, and drawings we aim to show that animals do indeed feel pain and love just as humans do and that animals deserve protection from harm just as humans do.
The inspiration for our work is the nonhuman animals themselves and the human animals who fight for them. Our show will include photographs by Michael Goldberg, paintings by Alex Santurio, photographs by Isabella La Rocca, drawings and paintings by Leslie Goldberg, photographs by Alicia Santurio, videos by Wayne Hsiung, mixed media pieces by Corey Rowland, and photographs by Rom Srinivasan.
MICHAEL GOLDBERG: Former Rolling Stone writer and now photographer Michael zeroes in on the courageous, committed and sometimes tearful activists who are carrying on the struggle for the rights of animals.
ALEX SANTURIO: Painter Alex, with his fantastical renditions of animals reveals their power, majesty and mystery, as well as the profound awareness that we humans can never totally comprehend the nonhuman animal experience.
ISABELLA LA ROCCA: Photographer and Professor of Art, Isabella sees what others don’t. Informed by her dedication to social justice for all beings, her exquisitely detailed photographs offer a meditation on the essence of life itself.
LESLIE GOLDBERG: Painter and cartoonist, Leslie sees with her mind’s eye these trapped animals not as a source of food but as a source of wisdom and deep connection to the natural world, which is evidenced by her work.
ALICIA SANTURIO: Working undercover, photographer Alicia takes viewers inside so-called “humane” farms and slaughterhouses to show not only the hardship, but the gentle and curious, yet suffering spirits of the animals housed there.
COREY ROWLAND: Photographer, painter, and computer artist Corey offers his pointed and sometimes ironic commentary on a consumerist society that thoughtlessly regards animals as mere commodities.
ROM SRINIVASAN: A photographer with a keen eye for color, beauty and the intrinsic dignity of all animals, Rom takes us to a farm sanctuary where once abused animals can find joy, happiness and peace.
WAYNE HSIUNG: His emotionally powerful animal rights videos have spread virally on Facebook and have, cumulatively, been seen by millions of viewers.
H. Alex Santurio is a self-taught artist born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, S.A.
Since he was a young boy he’s had a fascination with art. Oil was always his favorite medium. His style of painting is unique, never repeating a stroke, and using a putty knife in place of a brush. While serving on the board of the Fairfield, Suisun Visual Arts Association, Alex founded the Gallery at the Solano County Mall. His art has been shown in galleries from San Francisco to Sacramento, winning first place in two juried art shows. He has been associated with McKenzie Art Solutions, where his art was hung in different cafes throughout San Francisco. His most recent show was at the Berkeley Animal Rights Center in October 2016.
Inspirations that are formed in his head are what he likes to put on canvas, which explains his most recent works: animals. After joining the animal liberation movement and being exposed to the horrors of the animal agriculture industry he hopes he can reach people and change their ways through his art.
Corey Rowland was born in Clearwater, Florida in 1993. He graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and a Master of Science degree in Art Education. His media of choice rotate through traditional processes like drawing and digital media such as photography or graphic design. Corey moved to the SF Bay Area in 2017 to become more involved in the growing movement for animal liberation. He is interested in producing work that communicates the harsh realities of animal exploitation as well creating an inspiring vision of liberation. Corey currently works as an art educator at Berkeley High School.
Exhibitions and Publications:
FSU Kudzu Review Undergraduate Journal of Literature and Art April 2016
Whole Food Heroes
FAB 5: Art Education Graduating Show, The Plant, Tallahassee, FL April 2016
Whole Food Heroes Series
The Social Selfie Project, William Johnston Building, Tallahassee, FL October 2015
William Paterson University’s National Student Works On Paper Biennial September 2015
This is the Food You’re Looking For and Untitled
Tallahassee Art Invitational, Carnaghi Arts Building, Tallahassee FL April 2015
This Is the Food You’re Looking For
Plain China Online Undergraduate Literary/Visual Arts Anthology June 2013
I Can See
FSU Kudzu Review Undergraduate Journal of Literature and Art April 2013
Page 26: I Can See
ISABELLA LA ROCCA
Isabella La Rocca is an artist, educator and activist working primarily with photography and motion pictures. Her work is part of a long tradition in photography: to bring to light and find beauty in the disregarded, hidden, unconscious, or commonplace. Awards for her work include the Ferguson Grant from the Friends of Photography in San Francisco, CA for excellence and commitment to the field of photography. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States including a solo show at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, NY. La Rocca received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. in Photography from Indiana University. She currently teaches Photography and Moving Image in the Art Program at Centre College in Danville, KY. She also serves on the board of the Women Eco Artist Dialogue (WEAD).
The work La Rocca creates and exhibits is deeply informed by her intersectional social justice animal liberation activism. In addition, animal advocacy organizations she has provided pro bono still and motion picture photography for include Free From Harm, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Millacayohtl/Seed the Commons, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Berkeley Animal Shelter, Oakland Animal Shelter, Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, National Animal Rights Day, Earth Hour San Francisco, Duo Duo Project, Direct Action Everywhere, Farm Sanctuary Walk for Animals, and Goatlandia Animal Sanctuary.
Using gouache, acrylic, pencil, ink and charcoal, Leslie Goldberg creates soulful portraits of animals exploited for food. Images, colors, narratives come to her as she creates. Working loosely from photographs as well as drawing on her own unconscious mind just as the Surrealists of the early 20th century did, Leslie breathes a revelation of animal wisdom into her work.
Her drawings and cartoons are often political, and employ her sharp wit and keen observations to reveal some of the hypocrisies and absurdities of modern society. Immediate and sometimes humorous, she has skewered not only current politicians including Donald Trump and George Bush, but also the public’s blind insistence on eating animals.
As an activist artist, Leslie’s goal has been to not only create visually- arresting and thought-provoking works, but to change the world, to bring justice to the oppressed and to the exploited, which to her, includes animals, the most vulnerable among us.
She holds a master’s degree in interdisciplinary art from Goddard College. Her work has been shown at the Arts Guild of Sonoma, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Goddard College, Laney College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Berkeley City College and the Berkeley Animal Rights Center. Her work has also been published by the Women Eco Artist Dialogue online magazine, the Marin Citizen and the San Francisco Bay Guardian,
Michael Goldberg is a photographer, novelist and animal rights activist.
His photographs of rock musicians including Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, Tom Waits, Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten, The Ramones and Patti Smith were published in Rolling Stone, New West, the San Francisco Chronicle, Boulevards, the Berkeley Barb, the San Francisco Bay Guardian and other publications.
In 2016 he began documenting the Berkeley-based animal rights network, Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). The photos exhibited here are from that project.
He studied photography and film making at UC Santa Cruz in the early ‘70s. His work was exhibited at the Art Guild of Sonoma from 2002 through 2006, and his photos have been exhibited at other galleries. In 2005 he exhibited “Bohemian Petaluma,” photos of young people who hung out at the Deaf Dog Café, at the Deaf Dog. In 2007 he exhibited “Haight Street People” at Haight Street’s Peace Café in San Francisco. In the fall of 2017 he had a multi-month show at the Berkeley Animal Rights Center. His photographs are currently used by Direct Action Everywhere to help spread the word virally about DxE protests and Bay Area Animal Save vigils.
“With my photography I work to capture something real. My hope is that my photos of activists will inspire people to become animal rights activists.”
Rom Srinivasan takes pictures of animals and pictures of animals interacting with humans for two main purposes. He wants to help show that every animal is a unique individual in their own right and have feelings and experience emotions just like humans. He also wants to show that humans have the capacity and desire to connect with and protect animals as they would other humans.
Rom is mainly self-taught, but has taken quite a few photography workshops that trained him in a photojournalistic style.
Though he has only been directing videos since early 2014, Wayne Hsiung quickly became skilled at making emotionally powerful animal rights videos that have spread virally on Facebook and have, cumulatively, been seen by millions of viewers. In 2016 Hsiung and two other activists traveled to China where Hsiung used hidden cameras to document the dog meat trade. Some of his footage was included in an ABC Nightline segment.
“I walk into places where no one wants to be, and document scenes that no one wants to see. Our relationship with animals has taken a strange turn. More and more of us are adopting furry companions into our families. At the same time, we've vastly increased the number of animals we kill for clothing, experimentation, and especially for food. The videos we produce are an attempt to reconcile these two conflicting strands in modern life, and help us interrogate whether the system we live in is one that lives up to our own values. They are, in short, the start of a conversation. And my hope is that, when the conversation is done, the world will change.”
From early childhood, Alicia Santurio, had a fascination with photography. In her early teens she took a few photography classes in college but is mostly self-taught.
Beginning with a freelance photography business, her focus soon changed after getting involved with animal rescue. Working as an animal caregiver for a farmed-animal sanctuary her focus changed to capturing the joys and sorrows of rescued farmed animals.
Soon after joining Direct Action Everywhere she began photographing protests and animals during open rescues. Having great empathy for the suffering of factory farmed animals and believing in the work that DxE does made it easy for her to capture great shots of both the animals and people standing up for them.Being a founder of the chapter of the Bay Area SAVE movement is her latest endeavor. Organizing vigils to bear witness to the suffering and torture of animals at slaughterhouses in Stockton, Petaluma, and Oakland has given her the opportunity to photograph and video animals at their final moments of life and show the world what actually goes on in these facilities.