(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/FACTORY FARMING) Rocky Lewycky is an artist, social activist, and professor at De Anza College in Cuperinto, California.

Lewycky was recently rewarded the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship which won him an art show at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH).

With his new instillation, the Liberation Project (a part of his piece “Is It Necessary?” currently on exhibit in the Solari Gallery), Lewycky is taking a page from Banksy’s book by creating meaningful and thought-provoking art.

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The Liberation Project is Rocky Lewycky’s art instillation which brings awareness to the brutality of factory farms. Photo Credit: santacruz.mah.org

Lewycky’s various artistic endeavors are meant to break down social barriers, which is exactly what he is doing with the Liberation Project.

Lewycky describes his artwork as “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,” he continues.

The Liberation Project is Lewycky’s latest piece of work, and it serves to demonstrate the brutality of factory farming.

Like many before, the project is hands-on for its audiences who can donate money to the Humane Farming Association (HFA), and in turn, help save thousands of helpless farm animals nationwide.

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Rocky Lewycky is an artist, social activist, and professor of art at De Anza College in Cuperinto, California. Photo Credit: Freisingallery.com

Factory farms are inhumane on many levels. For instance, many pork suppliers keep pregnant sows in gestation crates that are so small the animals are unable to turn around. Gestation crates are one of the cruelest factory farming practices—so cruel that they have been banned in nine U.S. states.

By supporting Lewycky and donating to the Liberation Project, you will be helping put an end to institutionalized animal abuse.

The Liberation Project “consists of hundreds of ceramic animals that are methodically placed on shipping pallets,” according to Lewycky.

“As the installation progresses through the exhibition run, numerous animals that are featured in the art piece will be shattered, collectively leaving a trail of shards in its wake.”

The ceramic animals that remain (approximately 75) at the end of the instillation will be sold and “liberated” with a $50 minimum donation to the HFA.

How To Help:

  • Email Lewycky at [email protected] with your name and contact info.
  • He will then confirm whether or not animals are still available for liberation.
  • When confirmed, make a check out to the Humane Farming Association for a minimum donation of $50.  When he receives your donation, it will ensure an animal is reserved for you at our liberation event at the MAH.
  • After the event, Lewycky will deliver all of the checks to the HFA.

The Liberation Project will be held on February 23rd, 2014, at 2:30pm at the Santa Cruz Museum Of Art & History.

Click here to learn more about the Santa Cruz Museum Of Art & History and the Liberation Project.

— Cara Meyers, Global Animal Exclusive