As Americans we won't be afraid to keep fighting injustice, & we won't hide who we are because of someone else's fear.
"It's an artist's duty to reflect the times"
I have never considered myself a political person. In fact, on more than one occasion I have described myself as willfully ignorant, especially in terms of politics. But they say tragedy never affects you until it hits close to home. The Pulse massacre in 2016 was my wake up call. The LGBTQ community was attacked, and one of my friends was murdered. I decided I needed to do something.
It wasn't until the election in November 2016 that I realized what that was. I was working on the last level of the game, and fueled by the divisiveness of the current administration's campaign of hate, I decided to turn the background art from the last level into an art protest.
This country is regressing, people are being locked in cages, our rights are yet again being challenged, and if we don't stand up to it, then we are nothing more than complacent. From the beginning of this nightmare, artists (comedians specifically) have been the only ones telling the truth.
It is now time for all artists to stand up and speak their truth. We have the power to open people's minds through our own unique expression. We need to unite those expressions under one voice.
I don't care if you are Republican or Democrat, gay or straight, black, white, man or woman, trans, immigrant, or citizen, we are all human beings, & we are all in this together. When one of us bleeds, we all do.
In divisive times like these, when it seems like the world is trying to turn us against each other, now more than ever it is important to remember that it is always darkest before the dawn, so we must do whatever we can to make a difference.
In December of 2016, my mother was diagnosed with leukemia. I left my life in New York to join her in the hospital for various treatments. We had 7 blissful months of remission. She passed away September, 2017. As an immigrant, an American, and a mother, she believed in my message.
Americancer was inspired by, and is dedicated to her.
I challenge all other artists out there to channel their negative feelings into their art. Create your own #americancer protests highlighting the injustices plaguing our country and share them on social media.
Lets show the world that real beauty can bloom even in the darkest places.
And Love will ALWAYS trump hate.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOYCE RANDALL. 03.11.51-09.27.17
-Gary Adrian Randall
Gary Adrian Randall is a Florida-born video game artist based in Denver, Colorado.
He creates art by digitally blending photography & hand-drawn graphic elements to create multimedia fantasy collages full of intricacy & grim detail.