This week, we've got A. W. Sommers. If you know Sommers' work, you may not think of it as super political, but spend a few minutes with her, and it's clear that she's on point. We try to make Art in Ad Places easy for the artists we invite, to give them as little work to do and restrictions as possible. Basically, they should be able to send over a file of work that they've already made, write up a short statement, and sit back and relax until it's time for an Instagram post. Sommers went above and beyond, embracing and getting excited about the unique platform that Art in Ad Places tries to provide, so we are forever grateful to her for that.
Sommers says, "I'm so happy to have the opportunity to participate-- it's thrilling to see work in a new context, outside of expected norms of legitimization (that is, hanging on a white wall, framed, understood as certain object). I like that it's a little confusing. And I feel very strongly about wiggling in weird things to counter, or at least briefly interrupt, the ubiquity of capitalist messaging. Bludgeon folks with something else for a moment."
On a more general note: This week marks the half-way mark of Art in Ad Places. But, we promise, it's not all downhill from here.