“Power to the Planet” serves as a marking point of artistic and formal reflection for Danny Minnick. The floors, sculptures, and oil canvases show his recent inquiries into the role of painting, shadow of man, power of material culture, and polemics of today’s patriotism.
“Power to the Planet” highlights the oppression that American culture has put onto our environment, while using art as a voice to bring about change. He’s inspired by the 1960’s slogan “Power to the People,” which similarly empowered younger generations to break free of the outdated power structures put into place by older generations. Minnick hopes to capture the attention of his audience and encourage them to consider the ways in which the environment and the human condition are linked. “The Melt,” the centerpiece of the show, depicts a polar being killed by “the in uence of man’s shadow.” This treat- ment is something that Minnick is very passionate about; therefore, 5% of all sales from this show will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund and its work in preserving Polar Bear habitat. In addition to the large-scale canvases, on display will be various wooden floor pieces, which are the embodiment of a “journey of the heart” for Minnick. For the past nine months, these studio oors became the canvases in which the energy of Minnick and all of his artistic in uences were absorbed. The footprints and paw prints captured by the oil sticks and paint are embedded into the grain of these wooden panels, creating evidence of the witnesses and, sometimes unknowingly, collaborators. Born in Seattle, WA, Danny Minnick is most recognized for his vivid colored oil on canvas work, as well as his signature energetic black and white characters, which can be found on his studio walls, studio oors, canvases, and in public spaces throughout the world. Minnick paints, in his words, “for the journey of worth” and to express the collective unconscious of this world we share together.