Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2011-12

(Brooklyn, NY)Elizabeth Axtman

Elizabeth Axtman is a performance artist who works collaboratively with The Love Renegade in themes of love and forgiveness. She received her BA from San Francisco State University in 2004 and completed her MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. She was also a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing in 2006 Summer Residency Program. Axtman is currently working on a commissioned piece by The San Francisco Arts Commission exhibiting fall of 2011. She has participated in exhibitions and festivals at the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago, The Studio Museum of Harlem, in NYC, The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Arthouse, Austin, Tex, ThisIsNotaGallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina and The Kitchen, NYC. She has lectured at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Art Institute, and Sarah Lawrence College, and is a recipient of the Skowhegan Endowment for Scholarship Foundation, Franklin Furnace Fund grant, and is an artist-in-residence with Harvestworks, NYC 2012. Her work has been reviewed in Art Forum, Art Papers, Houston Chronicle, and her video 'American Classics' was used as the lead image for the catalog from the much acclaimed exhibition Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women and the Moving Image Since 1970.

The Love Renegade #308: I Love You Keith Bardwell (Phase I & II)

In the current sights of The Love Renegade is former Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell. In 2009 he broke the law by not marrying an interracial couple in Louisiana, because he believes that children of interracial marriage have difficult lives.

The Love Renegade#308: I Love You Keith Bardwell (Phase I & II) is an experimental documentary that goes to the source itself to help put Keith's mind at rest. The topic of LOVE (not race) is given back to interracial couples asking them the reasons they chose to marry their partner, and we let biracial people/kids speak on their own behalf on how they feel about Keith who has placed his "fears" on the backs of biracial children. The entire film focuses this discussion through the lens of compassion, love and forgiveness, in the hopes that minds and hearts open wider and that people take greater responsibility for how they treat others.