Paper Politics

Posted October 18, 2007 by jmacphee in Events

October 18 – November 17
Crossman Gallery
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Opening remarks by exhibiting artist Colin Matthes and reception: October 18th from 5-7 pm


Here's what the gallery has to say about the show:

This exhibit has been organized by Josh MacPhee and will showcase print art that uses themes of social justice and global equity to engage community members in political conversation. The exhibit has been displayed in other venues across the country, but will be augmented by regional artists for the exhibit here. Because of its accessibility and reproducibility, activists have long used print art as a communication tool in struggles for freedom and social equality. The bold graphic qualities made possible by printmaking techniques are used to communicate with and educate broad audiences all over the world.

The hand-printed works in the show speak of matters that are vital to understanding the world today. Some of the subjects include opposition to war, solidarity with struggles around the world, destruction of the environment, corporate control, police brutality, homelessness, and gender inequalities.

This is the seventh stop for Paper Politics, originally showing at the In These Times space in Chicago in 2004 and traveling to Seattle, Brooklyn, Portland, and Montreal over the past three years. The show’s organizing method draws upon do-it-yourself culture, and like a band on tour, it travels becoming a networking device that connects different artists and communities who were previously unaware of each other’s work. The show was most recently on display at the Walker’s Point Center of the Arts in Milwaukee.

The gallery will also present a second component of the exhibit; a juried show of political prints by Milwaukee area artists curated by Nicolas Lampert, Colin Matthes, Tamiko Dargan, and Raoul Deal and a juried selection of works by UW-Whitewater students selected by printmaker Lisa Hecht, a faculty member at UW-Milwaukee and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, whose work is featured in the show.

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