Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014     IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014
 

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.   

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

 

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

  Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Is It Necessary? (Genocide)

 Poster      Is It Necessary?   Mixed Media Installation & Performance Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 2014    IS IT NECESSARY?  ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES  Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.  Then he smashes it.  In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.  Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”  The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."  Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.

Poster 
 

Is It Necessary? 
Mixed Media Installation & Performance
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
2014

IS IT NECESSARY?
ROCKY LEWYCKY USES PERFORMATIVE MARK-MAKING TO QUESTION FACTORY FARMING PRACTICES

Every day, a man enters the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History with a Swiss Army backpack. He enters the museum's largest gallery. He selects a ceramic animal from perfectly-aligned rows of hundreds on wood pallets. He places the animal on a gold-leafed pedestal.

Then he smashes it.

In a provocative new installation, Is It Necessary?, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, sculptor Rocky Lewycky questions the brutality and uniformity of factory farming in the United States. Is It Necessary? blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance--all signatures of Lewycky's work--in a startling, political presentation. The result is a powerful installation that reflects Lewycky's evolving voice as an artist and social activist.

Rocky Lewycky is a sculptor, teacher, and social activist whose work is engaged in deconstructing social barriers has the validity and strength to elicit insights into a more cohesive humanity. Celebrated for his exquisite ceramic work and use of repetitive forms, Lewycky's projects have increasingly shifted to focus on social consciousness and audience participation. His work frequently invites viewers to become participants in a communal process. As Lewycky writes: “My artwork is continuously shedding its skin, morphing through new mediums that convey ideas of time and transformation. Process is often a key entry point into my artistic expression, as demonstrated by mark-making and repetition of form.”

The installation Is It Necessary? is featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in a group show presenting the four recipients of the 2012-2013 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, a juried fellowship presented bi-annually to superlative artists working and living in Santa Cruz County. Lewycky is one of the youngest artists to win the fellowship, which honors mid- and late-career artists who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Nina Simon described Is It Necessary? this way: "Is It Necessary? distills emotional, political, and spiritual activism into a powerful aesthetic statement. Lewycky's careful attention to form and process creates a result that is both shocking and delicate. While the installation is overtly political, the performance of the smashing of the animals feels deeply personal. It imagines a transformation of our relationship with animals from uniform brutality to something holy and humane."

Is It Necessary? is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through Sunday, February 23, 2014. On that date, Rocky Lewycky will be "liberating" ceramic animals that have not been smashed as gifts to individuals who make donations to the Humane Farming Association.