Justseeds fellow-traveler Vanessa Renwick has a show opening up tomorrow! If you are in SF, check it out:
Reception from 6-10pm
in the gallery at
Needles + Pens
3253 16th Street
San Francisco, Ca. 94103
Open daily 12-7pm
I was just thinking the other day of interviewing my buddy Chris, for this here blog. And as I was looking over the Gothamist site, for updates on the cyclist who was creamed by the cop, and discovered that they already did, Chris Stain on Gothamist.
I find most interviews to be really superficial and uninteresting. I guess other folks don't care about the same things I do. So keep an eye out, if you're interested in Chris' favorite color, what he thinks about toilet paper, and if he's gunna make an Obama poster! JK!
As you may have noticed the Justseeds site goes thru some minor adjustments from time to time, one being the recent addition of the "blog roll". (Its found on the right of your screen) I wanted to highlight one of the links because I've been looking over the Groundswell Collective Blog. They have a really good looking site that is "Dedicated to clever and innovative trends of art and design in activism." And cover a lot of similar topics and themes we hope to here at Justseeds. So when you're cruisin the blogosphere and we haven't been on top of things check them out, or likewise.
R.U.S.T. (Radical Urban Silkscreen Team), A Summer Project of The Andy Warhol Museum, Artists Image Resource, and Justseeds, is entering its final week of working with Pittsburgh youth to create prints on themes of sustainability and social justice. Students have completed projects on Pittsburgh People's History, Local Food, Bike Advocacy, and are currently completing a project on Prisons.
Images from RUST Local Food activities: visiting Mildred's Daughters Farm and the Market Square Thursday Farmer's Market, Onion Gang, and our inspiration: the KALE SMOOTHIE!
This week, Justseeds member Erik Ruin is our visiting artist, demonstrating rubylith techniques and working alongside the teens.
RUST is hosting two special events this week: a final installment of Youth Open Studio with a special Movie Night, and a Closing Exhibition & Party on Friday, August 1. Come visit!
Check out the rest of this entry for details and more images
NYC Critical Mass was last Friday, and as usual the police responded with Courtesy Professionalism & Respect. Im not sure which one of these is exhibited in the video below.
I heard about it thru this post on Gothamist.
Here's a link to Philagrafika's take on the recent Justseeds collaboration at Space 1026. Philagrafika is a "virtual space for sharing artistic projects using the printed image in new and exciting ways." Thanks for the words and perspective!
Two years ago Visual Resistance organized an art show and benefit, If They Come For You in the Morning, for our friend Daniel McGowan. Over 100 artists from the Street Art and Graffiti community donated artwork in support of Daniel and to raise awareness about the Federal campaign against dissent in the USA. Daniel was arrested and charged for acts of property destruction.
The Benefit was very successful, hundreds of folks came out to ABC No Rio and a community of artists directed their efforts against the criminalization of protest.
Since the "If They Come For You In the Morning" art show Daniel has gone through legal processes, negotiated a plea, and was sentenced to 7 years. He has been incarcerated since July 2, 2007 and is serving out his sentence. Daniel was just recently "found in civil contempt for his refusal to answer questions before a grand jury." This, unfortunately, means Daniel will be spending more time incarcerated. The "clock" on his sentence has been stopped while he goes through this rigamarole.
I write this as a reminder of what kind of power our art can have, it can be multifaceted, beyond plastic toys, photo books, and solo shows.Thanks all of those that participated and supported the If They Come For You in the Morning, ABC No Rio and numerous others!
To learn more about Daniel, why he was arrested and his case, go to supportdaniel.org. A current address where he can receive letters is updated when necessary.
Most of the art I've been making lately relates to extinction. It's not the most uplifting of subjects, but it's become something of an obsession for me. I know that if I just keep making art that pertains to extinctions, I will never, ever run out of material.
My study of extinction has caused a large scale reshuffling of my political priorities. Things that used to seem important to me now have faded into a distant, sepia-tinted past and are gathering dust. Extinction looms before me like Uluru rising from the Australian desert, a monolith which dwarfs all other aspects of being alive on Earth at this particular moment in time.
There have been many episodes of extinction in the history of this planet, but three stand out. The first occurred 245 million years ago at the end of the Permian era, and the second brought an end to the age of the Dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The third, we inhabit. Although there is still a degree of debate as to the ultimate causes of these previous episodes of mass death, the cause of the third has become, for me, overwhelmingly obvious. We are the cause. The human species, the greatest killing machine that life has ever produced.
The spike in human-generated extinctions began as humans and proto-humans fanned out from Africa to cover the globe with blood and bones. The island continents of Australia and North and South America suffered the greatest overall losses of species, and islands in general have suffered massive losses in more recent times due to their isolation and the subsequent inability of their inhabitant species to adapt to invaders.
I am in Oaxaca teaching a course about art + social justice. Some of the folks I am working with have an opening tonight for a show called 'Tras Barrikadazz.' The arts community is super rad here, although it reminds of Santa Fe in many ways. Once I get back, I'll upload some of the flicks of street art here in Oaxaca.
TRAS BARRIKADAZZ/ BEHIND BARRICADES
July 25th, 8pm,at the former “Azomalli” Gallery (A. Gurrion #110, next to Sto. Domingo)
Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca.
This project has been created by three artistic destruction troops: LA PIZTOLA, ZZIERRARREZZIA, and ZAPE. These three agitators will release their most recent visual strategy, consisting in the use of conventional media, and also developing the concept of ¨STRUGGLE¨ on different materials and substrates. (screen-printing)
Traces of the confrontation with this gallery will be shown, ¨Keeping a cool mind and an overflown heart¨/ ¨Manteniendo la mente fría y el corazón desbordado. (Intervention art and graffiti in the three rooms).
For more information visit the following links :
For Justseeds readers in the San Francisco area, I came across this event on the FecalFace site!
An outdoor screening of The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes a documentary by Sarah Perrig & Francesco Taboada Tabone will presented by Artists' Television Access and Workers International League
Thursday, July 24, 7pm
ar Carlos Club
3278 Mission St(& 24th)
barbecue and drinks, 8:30 pm showtime, free
The film is
is the chilling testimony of the soldiers who fought beside their General Emiliano Zapata in the 1910 Mexican Revolution.
Almost one hundred years later, these survivors of the legendary Liberation Army of the South reveal a truth not to be found in any book. They speak of the failure of the Revolution and of today's neoliberal governments, of the agrarian and ecological disaster threatening their country and of imminent civil war if the Zapatista ideals they represent continue to be ignored.
These men and women are chapters of unjust history, abandoned wisdom, banners for Mexico's underprivileged .... they are the Forgotten Heroes.
You can see the trailer over at the films website
The In Our Hearts folks have been having a bunch of events at John Bosch, a house in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
In Our Hearts is a New York City based anarchist network made up of autonomous collectives, groups and individuals who share the goal of building a culture of resistance in the City and beyond.
Their Wednesday, July 26th event is "An Anarcho-Punk benefit for Roadlock Earth First! and their efforts to stop I-69 (the NAFTA Super Highway) in Indiana."
Revolutionary Youth(from Georgia)
Mutual Assured Destruction
Expendable Youth (Chicago)
At John Bosch
744 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn
OUT OF THE SHELL OF THE OLD MUSIC NIGHT & CLOSING PARTY!
Friday, July 25th 7pm
1026 Arch St, Philadelphia
Donations will benefit our friends at the Shoe Shop to help them deal with the lingering repercussions of their harassment by the police dept. and L&I. For more info on their case look at PhillyIMC.
This will be the last chance to see the Justseeds exhibit and purchase cheap art as the show comes down the next day. SO please come on down, support some good people and listen to some fine music by-
DAN BLACKSBERG is a trombonist who is working to expand the range of the trombone in jazz and improvised music. A native and resident of Philadelphia, he has been seen all around town with such local musicians as Jack Wright, Toshi Makihara, Sonic Liberation Front and with Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound. He has appeared in concerts produced by Bowerbird and the Ars Nova Workshop. In addition, Dan has performed with Anthony Braxton (the premiere of Composition 19 for 100 tubas), Taylor Ho Bynum, Joe Morris, Mike Pride, Nate Wooley, Katt Hernandez, Daniel Levin and Joe Maneri in many venues in New York and Boston.
ASHLEY DEEKUS is a percussionist and composer who holds a dynamic approach to her marimba playing. A career beginning with Canadian rock artists, to a place in the NY/PA improvising community, to the local “anything goes” scene. Beautician by day, musician by night, she currently pursues her studies in various traditional folk musics without excluding jazz, classical, or contemporary dance. Some artists she has worked with are; Pauline Oliveros, Neil Feather, Matthew Welch, Katt Hernendez, Jack Wright, Evan Lipson, Dustin Hurt, Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Gina Fererra, Nicole Bindler, and Susie Ibarra. Performs with: Alokli (West African ewe drumming ensemble) West Philadelphia Orchestra (traditional Balkan explosions) The Old Goats (traditional Brazilian).
JOSHUA MARCUS is a singer/songwriter/banjo-player who lives in Philadelphia, PA and has produced nine recordings under different bands and monikers in the last nine years, including Fan of Friends. This spring Marcus released his newest recording, Reverse the Charges, on Chicago's Contraphonic and Philadelphia's High Two record labels. Joshua is currently working on a collaborative project to produce a folk recording dealing with current U.S. social and environmental justice struggles.
Hope to see you there! Thanks to all the wonderful folks who've helped out & participated in the exhibition and events!
I've uploaded a handful of flicks, on the Justseeds flickr account, of the collaborative installation at Space 1026, called Out of the Shell of the Old. If you get the chance this is the last week that it will be on view in Philadelphia, so get over there!
There's also some previous photo posts here on the blog by Colin , of the install and myself, twice
If you have visited it, I'm interested in any feedback you have, there's a whole comment field below. I really enjoy working collaboratively and on installations. I'd like to make them successful, in many ways. I hope they can contextualize the work, as well as communicate something larger. Im not sure how well we've accomplished that in Space 1026, mostly because I haven't reflected on it much, and all of my collaborators are on the other side of the ether.
Well its our first, and definately not my last!
There has been a lot of hoopla over July about the public art installation New York City Waterfalls by artist Olafur Eliasson. There has been much speculation as to the environmental footprint that these waterfalls have, which has been tempered by reassurance from the Public Art Fund that they are powered by renewable energy and do not use gasoline. The materials used in the project, including scaffolding, pumps, and pipes will be reused in other construction projects. All the water is drawn from the East River, which is then returned. The water goes through a filter in intake pools to protect fish and other aquatic life. At night the waterfalls are illuminated by LED lights, which are energy efficient, and all the power usage is closely monitored. This project which runs through October is speculated to generate $55 million- not a bad haul. According to many this is the most ambitious public art project undertaken since The Gates in Central Park, and both are intended to raise issues about human relationship to nature and the urban environment.
While this may be fascinating for some, I prefer to find refuge in the public green spaces that exist in New York. Recently I walked through the Ravine nature trail in Prospect Park in Brooklyn with a friend, and saw the Fallkill, Ambergill, and Binnen Waterfalls for the first time. I then looked up other waterfalls in NYC and found, unsurprisingly that I am not the only one to do this since the public art project opened, and a list of the city's waterfalls listing was printed in the NY Times. It included everything from other human made waterfalls in parks, to art installations, and just plain leaky pipes.
This list prompted another article in the Times in response to the description of the so called natural looking waterfall in Morningside Park. It describes how the waterfall is in fact not a naturally occuring phenomenon. Colombia University once attempted to build a gym in the park which was protested by community members and students. The project failed and was abandoned, leaving a hole in the rock face. In a renovation in the park in the 80's the waterfall was constructed to cover up the damage. To me this is an interesting example of how a battle over an attempted privatization of public space and subsequent destruction of the environment was remedied. While I am willing to suspend disbelief as I gaze upon a waterfall, wanting a few moments of relief and beauty, I can't disregard the reality. We made this thing.
The building that has housed Self-Help Graphics, the renowned community art center in East LA, was sold earlier this week. The future of Self-Help, which has worked with many of the most prominent and progressive Chicana/o and activist artists in LA, is in question.
Stop Gentrification! Support Self-Help Graphics!
Silent Art Auction Fundraiser: July 19th
510 S Hewitt #506 Los Angeles, CA 90013 (5th floor)
You can check out some of the work here.
here's a little about the Documentary:
About Handmade Nation:
"Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft & Design" is a independently produced and financed documentary about the indie craft community, slated for a 2009 festival release. Over the course of it's production Handmade Nation has received national press including multiple mentions in the New York Times, American Craft Magazine and was a "blog of note" on Blogger.com.
In addition to to the documentary, Handmade Nation the book will be released by Princeton Architectural Press, in November 2008. Written by director Faythe Levine and co-author Cortney Heimerl, the book features 24 makers as well as 5 essays from community members. Pre-ordering information will be available at the event.
To continue with our gardenblogging I figured I'd share too. I live on the third floor in an apartment building in Brooklyn with Josh, and this is the amount of garden we have up in here. And its not due to Macphee's green thumb.
It's ok tho, despite what many of you folks are thinking, about NYC, I also get to "garden"sit a decent size plot and a handful fruit trees just a few blocks away! mmm peaches.
For what the bounty of our fire escape lacks, I bring home plenty of "specialty" produce from my farmer Morse. Yeah I've got a farmer.
After three-year hiatus, a new Cut and Paint stencil template zine is now available!
This time around we (Josh MacPhee, Colin Matthes, Nicolas Lampert) traded in the headaches of attempting to scam double-sided 11x17 photocopies for the impeccable offset printing provided by Eberhardt Press. As always, Cut and Paint has a plethora of copy-right free stencil template designs that we envision as a toolkit for your creative application.
Expanding on the scope of the first issue, this edition has a number of writings including an essay by Emily Abendroth on a stencil project in Oakland and a short how-to-guide on moss stencils and a description of micro-stencils! Cut and Paint # 2 also features a number of photo spreads about stencil activity.
The most gratifying aspect of the project is imagining where the images might turn up in the far corners of the world. Below is an image from the zine by Eliot and an image by Claude (that is not in the zine) but demonstrates the potential of the medium.
Cut and Paint website:
Please join us in Philly this sunday for our 3rd event in conjunction with the Out of the Shell of the Old exhibit at Space 1026!
SUNDAY JULY 20
1026 ARCH ST.
We'll be using short presentations by 3 local artists as a jumping-off point for a room-wide discussion around the whats, whys and hows of radical art.
THEODORE A. HARRIS is a poet, muralist and collagist born in New York City and currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. As a muralist he has been painting with the Mural Arts program of Philadelphia since 1983. In addition to being exhibited in one-man and group shows from coast to coast, Harris's work has appeared in numerous publications, including Long Shot, The Hammer, Unity & Struggle, AAR, and the important anthologies Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature and Art and In Defense of Mumia.
NAIMA LOWE writes, performs, directs, studies, makes movies, teaches, lives and loves in Philadelphia, PA. She’s currently working on creative and curatorial projects that focus on her favorite things: Queers, people of color, the art they make, and the worlds they devise. For more detailed information visit her website
BETH NIXON builds puppets, masks, piñatas, parades, pageants, magical lands and other spectaculah, on her own, and in collaboration with other humans of all ages. She comes from Rhode Island, lives in West Philly, and travels frequently to places where building, performing or
facilitating opportunities arise. Mostly she uses cardboard, "science", and the imagination. She specializes in beasts and is investigating The Utopian Performative… Beth believes in the power of bike helmets, cornstarch, tide pools, emacipatory pedagogy, and snacks. She is the creator of 'So Many Dynamos' a calendar of illustrated palindromes for 2008.
Forthcoming- a Music Night and Closing Party on Friday uly 25- a music show benefitting the folks at the Shoe Shop, whose home was taken away by L&I , with Dan Blacksberg and Joshua Marcus, and Ashley Deekus.
Friday was the debut of "Meet the Made" here in Pittsburgh, the latest in the Mattress Factory's "Gestures" series and a project of the Robot 250 program. Curated by Ian Ingram and Carl DiSalvo, "Meet the Made" addresses "the relationship between robotics and all aspects of human culture." Stuart Anderson and I were invited to work with this idea for the exhibit, and combined forces to create a work about the Luddite uprisings in England during the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. It seemed appropriate to address a popular uprising against the mechanized workplace in the context of a show which celebrates the mechanized. Not that we wanted to cause a stink, you know, but the setting was ripe. You can read more about the piece here.
I also installed a vinyl graphic on the outside of the gallery space - an illustration of an old sledgehammer with the caption "down with all kings but King Ludd" (a line from a Lord Byron poem depicting the Luddite mindset, written to a friend in 1816). King Ludd, or Ned Ludd, was the mythical head of the Luddite rebellions, and many of the threats and public notices issued by various Luddite groups were either signed "Ludd" or referred to Ludd specifically as an arbiter of justice.
This Thursday I will be screening a bunch of videos I made or collaboratively made. The screening is at Bluestockings in Manhattan. It will be a fun evening!
Here is the blurb:
Thursday, July 17th @ 7PM - $5 Suggested
Through The Lens Series at Bluestockings Book Store
Screening: Dara Greenwald "Love It or Leave It"
Get agitated by watching and educated by discussing a collection of short, funny, critical, and feminist videos presented by Dara Greenwald. This screening includes a mix of styles and subjects from documentaries about squats in Barcelona to pornomentaries about Uncle Sam!
172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington :: 212.777.6028
One of the highlights of this year’s Allied Media Conference in Detroit was learning about the Transborder Immigration Project by Ricardo Dominguez, Brett Stalbaum, Micha Cárdenas and Jason Najarro.
In the true spirit of hactivist art and civil disobedience, this team of San Diego-based artists and scientists has ingeniously reconfigured a Motorola i455 phone into a lifesaving device for immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and US. In their own words, “The goal of the project is to help reduce the number of deaths along the border by developing a common cell phone device into a navigation tool that will help migrants locate life saving resources in the desert such as water catches and safety beacons.”
The device, which is built upon the back of a basic $40 Motorola i455 phone, has a built-in compass, vibrates near water sources, and is gps enabled. In an interview by Corinne Ramey at Mobile Active.org, artist Ricardo Dominguez explains, "What we needed was a really inexpensive telephone, one that we could crack the GPS system, and one that would accept new algorithms."
So far, over 500 phones have been reconfigured that may someday -or perhaps already have helped people with their dangerous journey across the desert.
A facet of the project includes trainings, workshops and solidarity work with immigrant rights groups working on border issues. Yet, one should not lose sight of the “art” and the crucial role that artist’s play in this process by providing the imagination, the practical tools and the skills. Dominguez concludes, "There's a long history of artists at the border creating gestures that question the very nature of the border….The reason they can't stop us is that we always frame all these gestures within the poetic frame."
Other Projects: (Electronic Civil Disobedience)
I just found this in my inbox, which may be of interest. I know I have been wanting to make a zine for a while now, but haven't made the time. Maybe I can find 24hrs this month? Check out the call and website link with a lot more info below.
24 Hour Zine Thing, ‘08
June 1st, 2008 | By sundaykofax
Whether you’re ready or not, the 24 Hour Zine Thing is coming. Starting July 1, and running through to the end of the month, you can challenge yourself to create a zine in 24 hours.*
We’ll have a fresh sheet of digital paper up for incoming participants soon. And more witty blog posts as well. In the meantime, consider what it would mean to challenge yourself zinely. I’m thinking that my goal will be something much less research-heavy than last time - by either shortening it, or choosing a topic that is easier to write up in 24 hours! Start thinking now about what you’d like to tackle, so you’re ready to begin in July!
Looks to be a fun project.....and a great way to put out a zine if you have been meaning to for a while, but cannot ever seem to find the time.
For more information check out:
Gonna make this garden grow....
My garden is in full bloom, and I thought it would be nice to share some photos!
I'd love to see other gardens in bloom also! Let's start a garden blog!
heres some info from the organizers:
Just a reminder that the Tacoma Anarchist Book Fair is THIS WEEKEND!
The book fair will run from 11AM to 5PM on both Sat. (the 12th) and Sun. (the 13th) at King's Books (218 St Helens Av)...
To get to King's Books, you'll want to get off on the Sprague exit in Tacoma, and take a right (towards downtown) on 19th. Turn left (north) on Tacoma Ave, and then turn right on South 4th. You'll take the next left on St Helens Ave and follow this down to 2nd, King's Books will be on your left. Feel free to come a bit early to set up.
If you all want to join in on the festivities on Friday the 11th, there will be an acoustic show at People's Park at 7pm. To get to People's Park take the Sprague exit again, take a right on 19th, and then a left on MLK. Follow MLK down to South 9th and People's Park will be on your left.
Tod Seelie, a friend of Justseeds and a Miss Rockaway Armadian, is having a Brooklyn exhibition of his photos in Brooklyn that opens next week. Tod takes photos of just about everything, from street art to street life, parties to political demonstrations, so who knows what'll show up here:
Friend of justseedspdx, Rochelle Koivunen, is having an art opening this Friday July 11th at the Launch Pad Gallery in SE Portland. Rochelle's work on her own and with Pollution Party is always amazing, be sure to stop by and catch the amazing Pelican Ossman perform also.
New work on paper by Rochelle Koivunen
July 4th - 27th, 2008 Featuring installation by Pollution Party
& recycled plastic bag sculptures by Katie Simpson
Opening Celebration Friday, July 11, 2008 6pm-12am
About the show
Rochelle Koivunen's new body of work features wall painting, five large scroll-mounted mixed-media works on paper and a suite of smaller framed portraits.
The work depicts tender relationships between humans and animals- refugees nurturing and caring for each other symbiotically once again as we move away from the anonymity and isolation of consumerism, technology and throw-away culture into a radically changed world where we all have to work together in order to survive.
The show responds to the suffering and destructive relationships that have evolved between humans and the world we live in and expresses hope for the future as we face the imminent arrival of peak oil, over-population, food shortages and natural disasters and are forced to rethink how we live.
Featuring food, a cash bar, and free, all-ages music & performance starting at 8pm
by Adivina, Bryce Panic, Mary Rose, Exoh Exoh, Pelican Ossman, DJ Maxx Bass
(with Launch Pad's own DJ Pocket starting the night with sweet, sweet old skool reggae music from 6-8pm)
I am sitting in the airport in Pittsburgh after a workshop with RUST - the Radical Urban Silkscreen Team. RUST is a rad goup of teens making prints in Pittsburgh and they were a blast to work with.
My plane is delayed and I have a few minutes to sort through some photos of the completed Justseeds exhibition at Space 1026 in Philadelphia. Here they are.
Fans of the Celebrate People’s History posters and REPOhistory will likely enjoy this project based out of Toronto. Artist Tim Groves spearheads the Missing Plaque Project, which involves wheatpasting text-based posters of lesser known local histories around Toronto. Currently, Tim has created 15 posters with more on the way.
The missing Plaque Project also takes people on guided tours of Toronto! Tours include the Toronto Island tour, the Humber River tour, the textile industry tour, and the anti-poverty tour.
Well, Out of the Shell of The Old opened last friday at Space 1026 here in Philadelphia. After an exhausting week of building, it all paid off- as an enthusiastic crowd filled the space on a rainy 4th of July evening. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it such a wonderful event and to DJs Merry Def and Mary Mack for the bumpin' tunes...
If you couldn't make it out to the opening, never fear- you have at least three more chances! In conjunction with the exhibit, Justseeds Philadelphia (ok, that's just me) has organized a series of radical art-themed events. The first is a night of performances this Friday-
Puppet Uprising & Justseeds Present
3 MUSICAL NARRATIVES
Friday, July 11, 7pm, Space 1026
1026 Arch Street, Chinatown, Philadelphia
Suggested donation: $5 or less
More info: 267-909-2633 or www.puppetuprising.org.
Featuring FLIGHT by Erik Ruin & Katt Hernandez, Shadows & Violin
THE SOLDIER & THE PHOENIX: a Toy Theater by Shoddy Puppet Company
THE EXCREMENTAL CONTEXT: A Parody of Satire by Reid Books
PLus CHEAP ART from All the Justseeds Artists!
Puppet Uprising teams up with the Justseeds/Visual Resistance Artists' Cooperative to bring 3 MUSICAL NARRATIVES to Space 1026 Gallery in Philadelphia. REID BOOKS (author/composer of "The Nothing Factory") debuts a new one-man-band performance “The Excremental Context,” in which Reid plays prepared guitar, bugle and truck horns while unraveling a satirical yarn. SHODDY PUPPET COMPANY (Leslie Rogers, Lucy Schneider, Michelle Posadas and Morgan F.P. Andrews) premieres “The Soldier & The Phoenix,” a toy theater fable with accordion accompaniment about a soldier’s memories of boyhood, a boy’s quest for chicken hearts, and a chicken’s desire for flight. ERIK RUIN gives an encore performance of “Flight: The Mythic Journey of a Person Displaced,” a wordless and cinematic shadow puppet play featuring a haunting violin and vocal score by KATT HERNANDEZ.
Future events will be a DISCUSSION NIGHT (5/20) with presentations by local artists Naima Lowe, Theodore Harris & Beth Nixon; and a MUSIC NIGHT (5/25) with trombonist Dan Blacksberg, percussionist Ashley Deekus and banjo-player Joshua Marcus, benefitting our friends at the Shoe Shop.
All events at Space 1026, all will have cheap art from Justseedsters available.
Our friend Marc Moscato sent along this link to an interesting story/conversation unfolding around a attempt to combat perceived racism through street art in Portland, OR. The story centers around a street art action where artists/activists temporarily replaced images of Confederate flags on a mattress store with images of Martin Luther King, Jr. The action was blogged about on the Portland Mercury website, and although the art is interesting, the responses to it are whats really worth checking out. A fascinating, rambling road through varying opinions on street art, vandalism, gentrification, class, yuppies, and property values.
„INOPERAbLE in Nü York"
July 10th, 6pm-1am,
Alphabeta, 70 Greenpoint ave. Brooklyn
(Greenpoint Stop on G, or Short walk from Bedford Stop on L)
What you can expect:
* An art show and installation of work by street and graffiti artists you've never seen on this side of the pond.
* Live painting in the huge outdoor back area 6pm to 11pm, featuring Nychos, Maggot, Knochen, Holy Sin, DNM, I Love Ally, & Franke (- 'who?'. follow the link).
* Ultra cheap hot dogs (til Midnight) and BEER (forever), like we promised.
* GRL (yes, graffiti research lab has an Austrian contingent) killin it live with their 'Drip Sessions' at 11:30pm.
* DJ Stereotyp and Boundless' own Tes Uno on the decks, ALL NIGHT LONG.
* Room to dance if you wanna, because you will.
* A silent auction on the artwork.
* Photos by the infamous Texas from the New Pop.
* The flyer image was made into hand screenprinted, numbered posters by Atzgerei, and you can buy one at the party for cheap if the art is too spensi for you.
* It's walking distance from Bedford, really..
All you gotta do is RSVP here and show up. There is a $5 suggested donation.
Graphic Work: Imaging Today's Labor Movement is an exhibition of new labor posters I curated with my friend Zoeann Murphy last year, and it has traveled to San Francisco to be part of Labor Fest 2008!
Here's the details:
Opening Reception for Graphic Work: Imaging Today’s Labor Movement
Monday, July 7, 5:30 PM (Free)
SEIU 1021 Hall
350 Rhode Island, Suite 100
The American labor movement has an amazing history of graphic production, creating some of the most effective political images in the history of this country. However, work and workers, along with the labor movement, are often depicted as experiences of the American past: paintings of Joe Hill, photographs from the early1900s of children working in factories, historic strikes and Rosie the Riveter.
Today’s workforce looks dramatically different from the majority of images used to depict labor. To address this issue we asked innovative artists to create posters that depict contemporary jobs, the people that do them and the issues workers now face.
What we found was startling. Most young politically engaged people don’t realize the American labor movement still exists and if they do they have little or no relationship to it. We found that now more than ever it is important to create new images of labor. The posters here are the beautiful beginning of a new wave of labor art.
These posters were wheatpasted over 3 years ago in Providence Rhode Island and they are still weathering well. The key is a combo of 3 parts wheatpaste with 1 part PVA glue (bookbinders glue).
Write & Revolt!
Exhibit, Art Jam, Book Release Party & Talk
July 10th-August 10, 2008
exhibition and all events at:
110 Winston St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
JULY 10 THURS:
Live Painting & Screenprinting by:
Unification Theory, Favianna Rodriguez and the Yo! What Happened to Peace Crew
6 - 9 PM
JULY 12 SAT:
ARTIST RECEPTION & BOOK RELEASE PARTY
Reproduce & Revolt
A new book by Josh MacPhee & Favianna Rodriguez
6 PM - Book Talk w/Co-Editor, Favianna Rodriguez
7 - 10 PM - Reception
AUG 9 SAT:
CLOSING. 6 - 9 PM
Mike the Poet
Live Painting by Mear
Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca
YO! What Happened to Peace Crew
An interesting paper (actually an undergraduate thesis) about the Ateliers Populaires in Paris. Definitely worth checking out.
He has 2 release events planned in NYC:
Bowery Poetry Club
with music by: Mischief Brew, Actual Facts, Shit Lovin’ Angels, Steve Wishnia and Eric Blitz
admission is $10 or free if you buy a book
172 Allen Street
with Peter Kuper and Fly
music by Steve Wishnia and Eric Blitz
admission is free
Here are some more flicks from the Justseeds collaboration at Space 1026. Lots of ideas starting to materialize and momentum being built. The space doesn't have any running water, so everything from rinsing brushes to the usual number one is quite difficult. Thanks to all the local businesses and bus stations for the use of your services. And sorry to the guy who was nearly hit by the fan that fell from the second story window.
Here are some photos of of the first couple days installing at Space 1026 for Out of the Shell of the Old, which opens Friday, July 4th (7-10pm).
A quick preview before I get back to drinking beer and painting over bad decisions.