November 2010

Dara's Auction Day 2

Posted November 30, 2010 by jmacphee in Justseeds Group Projects

Here's some more very cool art at the Heal Dara G art auction (Click on the artist name to go to auction page):

Jesus Barraza, Olin, 3-color Screen Print, 26″ x 28″:

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Ronnie Goodman: The Color of Hope

Posted November 30, 2010 by jmacphee in Events

This just in from printer-extraordinaire Art Hazelwood in San Francisco, it looks great!:

Ronnie Goodman: The Color of Hope
Linocuts, Drawings, & Paintings from San Quentin and Folsom State Prisons

December 4 – 30, 2010
Reception: Saturday, December 4th, from 7:00 - 11:00 pm

Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center
2981 24th street
San Francisco CA, 94110

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Another Rozbrat Billboard

Posted November 30, 2010 by jmacphee in Street Art & Graffiti

The folks at the Rozbrat squat in Poznan, Poland have put up another great guerrilla billboard. (For some background, go HERE or HERE.) This one reads: "Olympics Instead of Bread—New Stadium: 700 million zloty—Housing: Free"


Marilyn Monroe gets a bit of leverage...

Posted November 30, 2010 by shaun in Inspiration

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh just unveiled a huge exhibit of Marilyn Monroe photographs and related art, and a billboard campaign to advertise it. I caught this local opinion on the museum's advertising tactics near our office last week.

"People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn't see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one." Marilyn Monroe as quoted in On Being Blonde, by Paula Munier

Art Show Climate Change Poster series (Portland)

Posted November 29, 2010 by thea

climatejustice%20flyer_300.jpg¡Ante la Destrucción Ambiental, Organización!

Art for Climate Justice
Saturday, December 4th 7:00 p.m.
Fresh Pot
(on the corner of Mississippi and Shaver, North Portland)
look at the poster here http://espora.org/adao/

This is a poster series in solidarity with the grassroots organizing against the false solutions of the COP16 held in Cancun this December. There will be a short presentation at 8:00 pm about the posters, followed by information from members of Rising Tide (North America) about organizations in the area working on similar issues as those presented in the posters.

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Check out the Heal Dara G Auction!

Posted November 29, 2010 by jmacphee in Justseeds Group Projects

healdarag.jpgAs many of you know, my partner, girlfriend, collaborator, and generally better half, Dara Greenwald, was diagnosed with cancer during the summer, and we've been struggling to kick it for the past 4 months. This has put her under great financial strain, and friends have pulled together an amazing art auction to help carry the load. The auction has almost 200 items from over 150 people, many of which are amazing, and would be of great interest to fans of Justseeds. You can go to the auction HERE and you can jump straight to the print section HERE. And click below to get a peek at some of the great art available!!!

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JBbTC 34: John Heartfield pt.5

Posted November 29, 2010 by jmacphee in Judging Books by Their Covers

This week we'll look at some John Heartfield designed covers he did for publishers other than Malik-Verlag. The covers here are from two other Berlin publishing houses: Verlag für Literatur und Politik and Neuer Deutscher Verlag. The image to the left is a cover Heartfield did for Fjodor Gladkow's Zement (Verlag für Literatur und Politik, 1927), and is a testament to his ability to make an effective design with only the simplest elements.

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Media Literacy / Two Videos

Posted November 29, 2010 by meredith_stern in Film & Video

Two videos passed along to me by my band mate Hilary who is the Executive Director of Girls Rock! RI. She has taught classes to youth on media literacy which are totally amazing, and in her quest she found these two videos which she passed on to me, which I would like to critique.

You'll have to search these out online, since I can't embed them.

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Justseeds at 3rd Ward Annual Craft Fair

Posted November 29, 2010 by k_c_ in Events

Justseeds will be tabling the 3rd Ward Craft Fair this coming weekend. We'll have a handful of new prints, Work: 2011 Calendar, our recent portfolio RESOURCED, and the many recent publications, Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas, Celebrate People's History!, Signs of Change, and Signal:01.

On December 4th, 3rd Ward and Brooklyn Based bring you the 4th annual installment of one of New York’s most unique holiday shopping events. Bring your holiday shopping lists -- this fair will have something for everyone you cherish. Hailing from all over the country, this year’s craft vendors are gathering the best of their collections in clothing, accessories, jewelry, housewares, prints, winter essentials and culinary treats.

Enjoy live music from Zoz Beat, Respect Two, DJ Nonformat, beats by DJ Clay Franklin and cheap Intelligentsia coffee and specialty cocktails from Red Jacket Orchards.

Plus, we'll have 3rd Ward workshops in DIY printmaking, flocking and sewing. Even make your own electronic holiday card!

Handmade Holiday Craft Fair Saturday, December 4, 12-6 pm 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY FREE admission

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Art and Resistance Film Series (Portland)

Posted November 26, 2010 by icky in Events

Cool film series showing at Portland State early next week! Here's the details:
"The ART AND RESISTANCE Film Series is a collection of video shorts focused on different artist collectives around the Americas using culture as a tool for radical social transformation. From street musicians and hip-hop artists in Venezuela, to graffitti artists in Mexico, the mini-documentaries focus on how people are actively using their creativity to challenge the status quo and empower their communities."
Two days of showings:
Day ONE – Monday, November 29th:
1-3pm, Portland State University, SMSU 296
Day TWO – Tuesday, November 30th
7-9pm, PSU, SMSU 294

Bmedia Collective website here

(also the Northwest Film Center is showing a bunch of old Mexican movies about the Mexican Revolution this weekend)

My name is Laura and I'm undocumented - DREAM Poster download

Posted November 26, 2010 by Favianna_Rodriguez in In the News


[click here to download poster]

I first saw Laura Lopez in her cap and gown after following a twitter to this article.

At the time, undocumented migrant students were conducting sit-ins in congressional offices on Capitol Hill, risking arrest and deportation in order to draw attention to the DREAM Act.

Because I was working alongside the Trail of Dreams campaign, I knew very well the dreams of these undocumented youth - dreams that were worth even the most dangerous risks.

But still, there are moments when I am greatly moved by the sheer courage of these young people. I grew up in this country as a citizen. I have never known the fear of what it means to be stopped in the street by immigration agents, to be taken from everything you have known as a child and put in detention centers that ship you off to countries you have never even visited.

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Justseeds tabling Arts versus Craft in Milwaukee: Saturday, Nov. 27th

Posted November 26, 2010 by nicolas_lampert in Events


Stop by and say hello! We will have a ton of prints, books, postcards, and other goodies from Justseeds. 55+ unique vendors

Saturday November 27th, 2010

Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center
790 N. Van Buren Street (Downtown Milwaukee)
$3 admission, kids under 13 free

Recent press from the Justseeds-IVAW collaboration "Operation Exposure"

Posted November 25, 2010 by nicolas_lampert in Justseeds Group Projects


Some recent press from the "Operation Exposure-War is Trauma" collaboration between Justseeds and IVAW in Chicago.

1. Two great articles by Fruzsina Eördögh. The second article shares our frustrations with the ad companies that cover up anything meaningful that is placed in the city.

a) Chicago Art Magazine "Veterans Bring the War Home"

b) Chicago Art Magazine: "Veteran Street Art Defaced"

2. Insight from Dan S. Wang at Proposition Press:

3. Article by Austin McCann on Common Dreams that reviews the "Chicago in War" series:

4. Brooklyn Street Art:

5. Groundswell blog:

Picking the Colonizers' Vegetable

Posted November 25, 2010 by jmacphee in Art & Politics

This just landed in my inbox, another David Bacon story with phenomenal images of people at work (check out more from David HERE):

The People of Watsonville 1—Picking the Colonizers' Vegetable
By David Bacon
Watsonville, CA 11/19/10

The California coast, from Davenport south through Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Castroville, is brussels sprouts country. Most of this vegetable in north America comes from these fields, although a growing harvest now takes place in Baja California, in northern Mexico.

In both California and Baja California, the vast majority of the people who harvest brussels sprouts, like those who pick other crops, are Mexican. In Baja they're migrants from the states of southern Mexico. In California, they're immigrant workers who've crossed the border to labor in these fields. On a cold November day, this crew of Mexican migrant workers picks brussels sprouts on a ranch outside of Watsonville.


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Justseeds Pittsburgh Print Sale

Posted November 25, 2010 by mary_tremonte in Events


Give Love, Buy Something!
Handmade Print Sale

Justseeds Artists' Cooperative HQ in Pittsburgh is having a sale.
See vibrant new work on our walls, get a jump on your holiday shopping, catch some sweet in-store deals and save on shipping.
We'll even pack up your prints safely for bike travel, if you so desire...

See beautiful and radical hand-printed silkscreens and relief prints, printed by Justseeds artists from near and far. Like Kristine Virsis' "Winter" or Roger Peet's "Escape"
or be real about the ridiculousness of it all, with Meredith Sterns "Give Love! Buy Nothing!"

Pick up books like the hot-off-the-press "Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution" edited by Josh MacPhee
or "Firebrands: Portraits From the Americas," edited by Pittsburgh's own Shaun Slifer and Bec Young.
Keep track of time with 2011 wall calendars from Certain Days:Freedom for Political Prisoners & Justseeds/AK Press/Eberhardt Press

Visit our space on Friday, November 26th from NOON - 8:00pm
3410 Penn Ave, 2nd floor (above Bike Pgh, where Penn Ave meets Butler St, at the edge of Lawrenceville)
Enter at the back on Spring Way, bike parking available

Refreshments too, you know how we do...

Also this weekend in Lawrenceville, our friends at Tugboat Printshop are opening their doors.


Tugboat's Printshop will be OPEN from NOON-6PM on the Friday & Saturday following Thanksgiving (Nov. 26+27)
Coffee, tea & cookies provided for print shoppers!
Find us at 298 Main Street

more info: www.tugboatprintshop.com

International Migrant's Day coming up on Dec. 18th! Download Poster

Posted November 24, 2010 by Favianna_Rodriguez in Downloadable Graphics

Poster_nnirr It's time to celebrate the immigrants in our lives!

International Migrant's Day is around the corner, and I want to make sure you know about it.(download poster by clicking here)

One way we can fight the anti-immigrant hate that dominates the headlines, is by celebrating migrants and supporting their fight for justice.

Whether it's someone in your family who recently migrated (or even came a long time ago, like my parents), or a DREAMer youth who you have long admired (like the Trail of Dreams), or even someone who works in your building or your favorite restaurant, that worlwide special day when you can celebrate them is close.

So let's spread the word about it, because folks in this country hardly know it exists and we are coming up on the 10th anniversary!

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Drawing all the Time: Week 39

Posted November 24, 2010 by colin_matthes in Inspiration


Work Calendar 2011!!!

Posted November 24, 2010 by jmacphee in Justseeds Group Projects

work_cover_600.jpgAll of us at Justseeds are excited to announce our brand new 2011 wall calendar we produced in collaboration with AK Press and Eberhardt Press!!! The calendar explores the theme of what "work" is, and should be, through the lens of thirteen different artists, all with very different visual styles and approaches.

Designing this was a nice challenge—rather than working with a standard cmyk/4-color process, I worked up each image in a combination of 4 different spot colors, in order to work best with Eberhardt's old school presses. It was a struggle to try to maximize the intent and impact of the images while minimizing the color palette. Some of the months are one spot color, some 2 or 3, and a couple are all 4. In addition, it was a tough negotiation to get a calendar that works both as a calendar and a piece of art that hangs on your wall. I took a cue from Nikki McClure and her successful calendars and just gestured to the dates, allowing for maximum impact of the art.

AK Press only printed 1000 copies, and about half are already spoken for, so get one of these before they're gone! You can buy it HERE. Click below to see 6 of the months.

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Rigo 23: Taté Wikikuwa Museum North America 2024

Posted November 24, 2010 by jmacphee in Events

I just saw an announcement about this exhibition coming up in Syracuse, looks great:

Rigo 23: Taté Wikikuwa Museum North America 2024
Exhibition on view Nov. 18, 2010-Feb. 6, 2011
Location: The Warehouse Gallery, 350 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, N.Y. 13202

About the exhibition:
Intercultural relations and issues of justice are often present in Rigo 23's art, which includes working with political prisoners, such as Native American Leonard Peltier, the subject of this show. Accused and convicted of the murder of two FBI agents in 1976, Peltier has been and remains the center of an international controversy. The exhibition title refers specifically to Peltier's given name in Lakota (Taté Wikikuwa), to his next parole hearing in 2024, and showcases Peltier through his paintings; works by French-born documentary photographer Michelle Vignes; arts and crafts by the Oglala Sioux tribe in Pine Ridge, N.D.; as well as documents, books, writings, and educational material.

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80's Flashback Arte Tuesday: Gonna Dress You Up in My Love!

Posted November 23, 2010 by Favianna_Rodriguez in Inspiration

Madonna_Like_A_Virgin_album_cover_1984 When I was 10 I thought Madonna was the hottest woman on the planet!

She represented a lot of what I wanted to be, breaking rules, teasing boys and girls alike (as in sexy teasing), messy hair, loved to dance even by herself!

My blog entry about Madonna is gonna launch my new blog series, Flashback 80's Arte!

This week, although I'm drowing in work around DREAM Act, I really wanted to launch my new mini project. I think about 50% of my art pieces have been named after my favorite 80's songs, so I will disect each song and the piece is derived from it.

I'll start with a confession.

I totally love all the played out, cheesiest, ultra-pop, whitest 80's singers and bands you can imagine. I'm talking about the stuff most common folk like. Yes I like the indie, hard-to-find stuff, but nothing amuses me like Madonna, Cindy Lauper, Depeche Mode, Bruce Springsteen, Def Leppard, Journey! Yes, Journey!

I have three theories on why this type of music makes me feel really warm and comfortable. People make a lot of assumptions about me. Like - why would a girl from the Oakland hood, a first-generation, U.S.-born daughter of two Catholic, Latino immigrants, like this music SOOOO much?

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Return to Blair Mountain

Posted November 23, 2010 by roger_peet in In the News

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, and then as farce. I forget who said that, but the events unfolding in West Virginia at the site of the largest armed labor conflict in U.S. history appear to be both tragic AND farcical. Massey Energy, the same coal conglomerate responsible for the accident earlier this year that killed 29 people after a gas explosion in another West Virginia mine, has begun operations to stripmine the coal from Blair Mountain.

The clash between mineworkers and coal company agents at Blair Mountain in 1921 resulted in the suppression of a campaign for union representation, but thrust the Stygian conditions mineworkers faced into national attention. It was a step on the road in the volcanic struggle fought in the first half of the last century to claw back some equity from the titans of industry. The popular knowledge of this history has more or less bled from the public consciousness by now, however, making it possible for the National Park Service to delist the Blair Mountain site, effectively giving Massey the go-ahead. The bulldozers are already at work.

Good articles at the Guardian, Sierra Club, and Huffington Post.

CPH on the web

Posted November 23, 2010 by jmacphee in Justseeds Group Projects

p1020293.jpgSome early reviews and mentions are coming in from the blog-o-sphere about Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution:

Beyond Resistance says "This book is simply amazing," check out their write-up HERE.

CityArts NYC says, "Simply and radically, this book gives voice to the walls witnessing revolution and resistance and so rarely allowed to speak through public political artwork." Read more HERE.

The Library Journal has chosen Celebrate People's History! as one of its picks for Black History Month, more HERE.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian says, "What's special about [Celebrate People's History! is] a proactive focus on history's shining moments, those points in time where people came together and resistence against hegemony held." Read the rest HERE.

Our friends at Groundswell published a nice write-up HERE.

The Bay Area Reporter focused in on the queer contributions to history HERE.

Rad Teen Print of the Week:::Buy Fresh Buy Local

Posted November 23, 2010 by mary_tremonte


This week's Rad Teen Print comes from Lauren Brown, one of my new students in Power Up! For their first project, the girls met with PASA, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, and learned about the importance of supporting local farms and farmers, and the pleasures of CSA (community-supported agriculture). On a nerdy tip, this print was also Lauren's first time using pin registration!

JBbTC 33: John Heartfield pt.4

Posted November 22, 2010 by jmacphee in Judging Books by Their Covers

heartfield_sinclair_1928_higgins.jpgPart two of the Heartfield Sinclair covers!
Now we're up to 1928, in which Malik Verlag published three separate Upton Sinclair books: Die Goldne Kette (with a George Grosz drawing laid on top of a grid of images, below left), Jimmie Higgins (nice hand cut lettering, above), and Samuel der Suchende (below right).

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Bringing the War Home Through Street Art: Justseeds and IVAW collaborate on Operation Exposure

Posted November 22, 2010 by nicolas_lampert in Justseeds Group Projects

Chicago, IL – “Operation Exposure: War is Trauma” hit the streets of Chicago on Monday November 15th. This collaboration between the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and veterans and supporters from Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is a direct response to the suicide epidemic and violation of GI’s right to heal within the GI and veteran community. Veterans, artists, and supporters met in Rogers Park in Chicago and split into teams. They divided up posters that Justseeds had designed for IVAW and then wheatpasted the city. Teams hit advertising spaces and boarded up buildings with messages of GI resistance and "Operation Recovery" – a new IVAW campaign aimed to stop the redeployment of traumatized troops and focus public attention towards Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).


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American Kills by Sebastian Errazuriz

Posted November 21, 2010 by jmacphee in Street Art & Graffiti

Aaron Hughes sent this my way:

'american kills' by chilean-born new york based artist sebastian errazuriz is a public installation showcasing the suicide rates of US soldiers. after searching on official war sites on the internet, he accidentally found out that 2 times more american soldiers had died in 2009 by committing suicide than those killed during that same year in the war in iraq; an alarming comparison that errazuriz had personally never read or heard about before.

Read the rest HERE on Design Boom.

Bobby! Intaglio Process

Posted November 20, 2010 by icky in Posters & Prints

This is a new intaglio print. I'm showing it in 6 steps: 1) Is the original hard ground, which came out a little too light.
2) 1st spray paint aquatint, came out too chunky so I applied a...
3) 2nd spray paint aquatint
4) I burnished and scaped it to try and re-achieve some tone
5) I re-hard grounded it to bring back some lines
6) Scraped and burnished again to reduce some of the contrast

The image is from a photo of rioting in Northern Ireland after Bobby Sands died that Kevin posted about awhile back (but the background was made-up).

Intaglio is a new process to me. As opposed to other printing processes, with intaglio you can keep working one image over and over, both additively and reductively. I really like it, though the printing and inking is pretty labor intensive.

Rozbrat Billboard Action

Posted November 20, 2010 by jmacphee in Street Art & Graffiti

Just got this from a friend in Poland. Folks connected to Rozbrat, the longest running squat in the country (in Poznan), took some billboard real estate for their own use. The message roughly translates to: "Rozbrat is Here to Stay! Sołacz for them is just another business." Sołacz is the area Rozbrat is located in, and the squat is under threat of eviction because of development plans for the neighborhood.

Call for Artists for DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) in RI

Posted November 19, 2010 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

DARE, a rad grassroots organization in RI seeks art for their cover for their 25th Anniversary Adbook.

"Can you believe DARE has been fighting the man or 25 years??? During our MLK Day Civil Rights Celebration we will kick off the year by giving a $100 prize (and lots of love, props, etc.) to the artist who designs this commemorative poster. We will also use the poster as the cover of our 25th Anniversary Adbook, which will be launched at our big gala event in September. Please spread the word and/or break out your skills! You might just hang on the walls at DARE, beside Malcolm, Che, and some other goodies."

Direct Action for Rights and Equality
340 Lockwood Street
Providence, RI 02907

Justseeds Downloadable Graphics!

Posted November 19, 2010 by jmacphee in Justseeds Group Projects

Hi Everyone! Coming out of the Justseeds annual retreat this past weekend was a renewed commitment from Justseeds to figure out more ways to get images into the hands of organizers, activists, and revolutionists that need and want them. While our long-term vision is an entirely rebuilt website that includes this functionality from the ground up, that's going to take a couple years, so we're moving things around behind the scenes to come up with some solutions in the meantime.

MacPhee_barsgraphic.jpgTo this end, we're launching a "Downloadable Graphics" category on this blog. Basically, if you click on the "Subjects" heading to the left, and then click "Downloadable Graphics," you'll be brought to a running set of blog entries which include graphics that can be downloaded at high res for your use.

All these images will be copy-left, copy-riot, or Creative Commons, depending on the uploader. Most will be free for you to use as you see fit, but if you can, please let people know the name of the artist (if we've told you!) and that you pulled it down from Justseeds.org. I was rummaging through my digital image piles, and found this graphic of broken bars I originally created back in 1993 for a patch we printed in Wash. DC for the Anarchist Black Cross. I have since re-used it at least a half-dozen times, and as long as their are prisons, my guess is it will still have utility. So I'm passing it along to all our blog readers to reproduce and use, spread it far and wide! Just click HERE TO DOWNLOAD, it is a high-res pdf. Enjoy!

Imaging Apartheid Call

Posted November 19, 2010 by jmacphee in Calls for Art


Justseeds is one of a crew of supporters for the upcoming Imaging Apartheid Poster Project. Please check out the call below, and submit poster designs!

Call for Submissions

As the global movement in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation continues to grow, we are calling on graphic designers and artists to submit their work to IMAGING APARTHEID: the Poster Project for Palestine.

Twenty-one posters will be selected from submissions collected from around the world to be either silk-screen or offset printed for exhibition in Montreal, and distribution internationally. Works will be selected by a jury of artists, graphic designers and social justice activists.

Street level art work and design has consistently played a critical role within international solidarity movements throughout the world: from the powerful poster art published by the Black Panthers in the late 1960s; to the striking design work created by artists inspired by the Africa National Congress (ANC) and the global movement against apartheid in South Africa; to poster art created to support the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).

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CPH event in SF this Saturday!

Posted November 18, 2010 by jmacphee in Justseeds Group Projects

Friends in the Bay Area are putting on a big celebration of the release of Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution this Saturday!

November 20th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Center for Political Education
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Favianna Rodriguez and Lincoln Cushing will speak, books and posters will be available, and everyone is going to have a great time! Let's Celebrate People's History!!!
More information HERE.

(The image is of Fernando Martí's brand new CPH poster about Los Seite de la Raza)

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Report Back: Justseeds Retreat in Chicago

Posted November 18, 2010 by nicolas_lampert in Justseeds Group Projects

Justseeds just finished up a three day retreat in Chicago at Mess Hall in Rogers Park. The weekend meeting concluded with a exhibition of new prints about the IVAW campaign "Operation Exposure" and a street art action the following day. Special thanks to Mess Hall, Dana, Robin, the Stone Soup House, Allan, Amy, Matthias, Eric T., Laura, and the IVAW Chicago chapter for all the great hospitality and support. (Images and text about the Justseeds-IVAW street art action will be posted soon.)


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Drawing all the Time: Week 38

Posted November 17, 2010 by colin_matthes in Inspiration


Celebrate People's History!

Posted November 17, 2010 by jmacphee in Justseeds Group Projects

Mary put up a short video last week, but here are a couple photos Shaun took of the exhibition/window display at Pittsburgh's Future Tenant Art Space that they installed of Celebrate People's History posters to announce the release of the new book: Celebrate People's History! The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution. You can get the book HERE.

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call for artists

Posted November 16, 2010 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This just in:

looking for artists to participate in our 2011 ART SHOW & FUNDRAISER.

Mandela House, which helps trauma survivors, specifically focusing on sexual & gender-based violence, will be highlighting their programs in april 2011 via an ART SHOW/FUNDRAISER.

from the call:

artists--using yoga mats as their canvas--created beautiful pieces for the show. some designs were even chosen for the new KULAE MANDALA BAG. there were lots of ‘mandala-inspired’ designs, as well as imagery rooted in nature. what will you create?

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Dorothy Allison Book Recommendation

Posted November 15, 2010 by meredith_stern in Books & Zines

On the plane ride back to Providence from Chicago, I dug into my backpack and pulled out the book I have been intending to dive into for years-- Dorothy Allison's "Skin". Years ago I had read her fiction book, "Bastard Out Of Carolina" which was incredible, and I stayed on the lookout at bookstores for her other works. I found "Skin", which I immersed myself in so successfully, I read half the book on the flight home. Dorothy's writing is so fluid, it carried me weightlessly across the sky. It's a series of autobiographical essays, all of which are thoroughly engrossing. I lost myself in the pages, and was completely drawn into her words. She starts with giving a context for her perspective- growing up poor in the South. She writes about her subsequent migration to New York where she finds a radical, feminist, lesbian community. She expresses the mixing of her past and the new life she creates as initially opposing identities. Her description about how we can compartmentalize certain aspects of our self in order to survive, and how that can create a splintering of self, resonated very deeply with me. Her essay "A Question Of Class" discusses in a very real way her attempt to construct a new identity, and to put to the side the experiences she had that shaped her life. I particularly was drawn to several lines in this piece, "Busywork became a trance state. I ignored who I really was and how I became this person, continued in that daily progress, became an automaton who became what she did."

She writes about working feverishly with the radical feminist community- including becoming involved in starting a women's bookstore, editing feminist magazines, and living in a feminist cooperative. She very eloquently expresses the tension between her realities growing up poor, and how that often contrasted with the romanticized perspective of poverty that was envisioned by the middle and upper class feminists around her. Dorothy's description of her path towards writing is expressed in a way that I think resonates with many people (particularly activists) who struggle towards liberating themselves creatively. In her words, "the idea of writing stories seemed frivolous when there was so much work to be done, but everything changed when I found myself confronting emotions and ideas that could not be explained away or postponed until after the revolution."

These writings describe her personal journey exploring her identity, confronting and describing the events that shaped it, and her path to writing and self liberation. For the reader, we may all be carried away with her by the strength of her writing- but also find the inspiration to explore our own identities and liberate our own creative minds. I find her writing to be revolutionary in that her words can be a seed for us to plant on our own path, or be much needed water on a seed we have already planted.

I highly recommend reading this book!

JBbTC 32: John Heartfield pt.3

Posted November 15, 2010 by jmacphee in Judging Books by Their Covers

heartfield_sinclair_100percent3.jpgOne of the main authors Malik-Verlag published was Upton Sinclair, and Heartfield designed ALL of Sinclair's covers. This week will do part one of Sinclair, next week the rest. Let's start chronologically: In 1921 Sinclair's 100% was published with a pretty clean and straightforward cover (below left). In 1924 it was reprinted with a new cover design, with the same city street image brought to bleed and a more adventurous and effective type treatment (below right). Then in 1928 a completely different cover was produced with a montage and the nice effect of the leg kicking into the frame. This cover also shows an interesting Malik/Hearfield design device, which is the printing of the edition (in this case 50,000 copies) in handwriting on the cover (above right and below). You can also see the spine peeking out, which consists of a tall pile of thin horizontal lines and the title written horizontally. This was the standard style for many of the Sinclair books. The back cover of this edition (and the 1924 edition) is simply a photo of a Klan meeting.

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The Art of Dead Labor

Posted November 13, 2010 by dylanminer

During September and October, I had a solo show at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The exhibition, "Big Enough to Win, Big Enough to Lose," brought together a series of relief prints, screenprinted pennants, offset lithographs, a wall painting, and an audio work. Although the show came down a few weeks ago, Detroit-based critic and 2010 Kresge Fellow Vince Carducci just published an amazing review of the show for Motown Review of Art, a blog he edits.

Check out the full review here!

SQUART zine documenting Mexican street art!

Posted November 12, 2010 by shaun in Art & Politics


Friends from the US are down in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico right now documenting as much art on the streets as they can get their cameras on. In their words: We are working on a photodocumentary project as part of an collective radical artzine called "Squart". We are documenting street art- stencils, graffiti, murals- that captures an aspect of the uprising. Around every corner is a piece of art with a message whether it is of hope, sadness, resistance or solidarity. Money has media, but people have the streets. Street art gives voice to a people that have been silenced for a long time. Its our objective to capture the meaning and emotion of the movement through the art of this amazing town. We have been using digital photography and film (color and black and white) to capture the art. While street art is our main focus, we have also been taking portraits in an attempt to capture the essence of this multi-faceted place.

Keep up to date with their Flickr and blog, and consider giving them a financial boost over at the ol' Kickstarter! More pics below...

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Justseeds: Out of Office

Posted November 11, 2010 by shaun in Events

This weekend we'll all be in Chicago at our annual planning retreat (this year we'll be holed up in Mess Hall, where we promise to clean up and leave a thank you note). This means we won't be in the office filling orders until the middle of next week, so apologies for the delay. It's likely we won't be on top of emails as quickly either.

Please come by Mess Hall on Sunday (Nov.14) to check out the opening for "Operation Exposure", an exhibition of prints and stencils that many of us designed for the new Iraqi Veterans Against the War “Operation Recovery” campaign. We'll be there from 7-10pm alongside members from the IVAW Chicago chapter. The prints will be part of a street art campaign and installations at the “In These Times" building, Co-Prosperity Sphere, and Eastern Expansion, among others.

Radix needs help, your help!

Posted November 11, 2010 by jmacphee in Posters & Prints

I was recently sent this link for a kickstarter campaign for Radix Media, a new anarchist printshop in Portland, OR. In my mind there can never be enough political printers in the world, and it's worth supporting all of them! Check out the link HERE, and the video below!

Early Nov. Press Round-Up

Posted November 10, 2010 by jmacphee in In the News

1) The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal published a cool write-up by Faythe Levine (former owner of Paper Boat Gallery) on her recent trip to Pittsburgh, including a stop at Justseeds World Headquarters. You can read it HERE, and below is a photo I love that was printed with the piece.

2) There was a nice write up and set of images on the Pittsburgh Art Blog, check it out HERE.


Celebrate People's History! Book event in Chicago

Posted November 9, 2010 by jmacphee in Events

Funsten500.jpgThis Thursday I'll be in Chicago to launch the brand new book: Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution. It's great to be heading back to Chicago, where the poster series was originally born. A number of the artists in the book will be joining me, so come out and say "hi!," hang out, and pick up a book!

Thursday, Nov. 11th, 7pm
1854 W. North Ave · Chicago, IL 60622

Poster artists John Jennings, Nicolas Lampert, Damon Locks, Marc Nelson and Andre Perez will be in the house! (Poster image by John Jennings)

Rad Teen Print of the Week: Give Us Numbers

Posted November 9, 2010 by mary_tremonte in Inspiration


M'Antayla Jackson created this silkscreen print in protest of the strict school uniform policy at her school.
The text reads:
"Do you think Urban Pathways Charter High uniforms seem to be taking our identity away? I do!! Each year they have added more and more uniform policies. We are banned from wearing hoop earrings and colore shoes, we have to have our shirts tucked in at all times, a black or brown belt, white undershirt, a certain pair of paints, and black or white socks. We are not allowed to wear more than two rings, our jewelry has to be tucked. They are taking our identity away. It seems like we're in jail. If you break any one of these uniform policies you will be punished. I think since they have gone this far they might as well take away our names and just give us numbers."

Go girl go!!!

Chicago in War (event schedule)

Posted November 8, 2010 by nicolas_lampert

Justseeds is taking part in two events for "Chicago in War" - a month long series of art shows, talks, workshops, and actions meant to refocus public attention on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and its impact on G.I.s and the public at large. An extensive schedule is posted below, along with a link to an article on Common Dreams by Austin McCann.


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JBbTC 31: John Heartfield pt.2

Posted November 8, 2010 by jmacphee in Judging Books by Their Covers

heartfield_weiskopf.jpgHere's the next batch of Heartsfield's Malik-Verlag covers. The one to the right is a favorite, Franz Carl Weiskopf's Umsteigen ins 21. Jahrhundert: Episoden von einer Reise durch die Sowjetunion. The light on the train is almost otherworldly, and the stencil typography seems to date it as modernist, but is so effective and was so copied by designers in the 70s and 80s that it now reads as timeless.

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In the Spirit of the Living and the Dead

Posted November 6, 2010 by dylanminer

Artists Javier Pescador, Gabrielle Pescador, and Jesús Barraza.

Dignidad Rebelde: In the Spirit of the Living and the Dead
MSU Museum
25 October – 23 November

This past week, fellow Seed Jesús Barraza spent the week as an artist-in-conversation at Michigan State University. The brief residency was organized to coincide with the opening of Dignidad Rebelde's exhibition "In the Spirit of the Living and the Dead." I curated the exhibition at the Michigan State University Museum as part of a Day of the Dead Initiative. If you around Michigan, come check it out.

As you may know, Dignidad Rebelde is the two-person collaboration between Jesús and Melanie Cervantes, another member of Justseeds. According to the artists, "We recognize that the history of the majority of people worldwide is a history of colonialism, genocide, and exploitation. Our art is grounded in Third World and indigenous movements that build people’s power to transform the conditions of fragmentation, displacement and loss of culture that result from this history. Visualizing these movements means connecting struggles through our artwork and seeking inspire solidarity among communities of struggle worldwide."

Click through for more images of the exhibition and opening night activities.

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Justseeds-IVAW collaboration preview

Posted November 4, 2010 by nicolas_lampert

Justseeds are currently at work on a collaborative project with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) for their new campaign "Operation Recovery" and a month-long series of exhibits and actions in Chicago called "Chicago in War." Here are a few examples of some of the images that are being created and a show announcement for the Chicago exhibition.


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Celebrate People's History Window Show in Pittsburgh

Posted November 4, 2010 by mary_tremonte in Art & Politics

Check out this great video by Callie Mower of the install of a Celebrate People's History poster show in the window and nook of Future Tenant in Downtown Pittsburgh!

Stay tuned for the book, for sale on Justseeds this Thursday, and see the show in person if you are in Pittsburgh through the end of the year

Future Tenant
819 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Revolutionary Films/People's History Week!

Posted November 3, 2010 by jmacphee in Events

cphfilm.jpgIn celebration of the release of Celebrate People's History! The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution, the Feminist Press and Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn have organized a week long celebration of people's history through film.

Beginning November 3rd (tonight), the series of films centered on People's Revolution kicks off at Spectacle Theater. 15 films that engage with revolutionary people, movements, and actions from all over the world and connect to people's history posters from the ongoing series and collected in the new book.

Check out www.spectacletheater.com for more info, and the schedule is below:

Wed., Nov. 3
The Murder of Fred Hampton – Howard Alk, (1971), [Black Panthers], 7pm
Germany in Autumn – various, (1978), [Red Army Faction], 9:20pm

Thur., Nov. 4
Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria – Victor Silverman, (2005), 7pm
Fast Trip, Long Drop - Greg Bordowitz, (1993) [ACT UP]
Sacco and Vanzetti – Giuliano Montaldo, (1971), 9:20pm

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End the Housing Crisis in Melbourne

Posted November 3, 2010 by jmacphee in In the News

Friends in Melbourne have been organizing against anti-low income housing policies in Melbourne, and produced this new video in lead up to a big protest on Nov. 12:

London Poster Workshop 1968-70

Posted November 3, 2010 by jmacphee in Art & Politics

UKposterwrkshp01.jpgIt's great to see that people involved in political poster making groups in the 1960s and 1970s and slowly starting to digitize their archives and get them up on-line. The Poster Workshop, based in Camden, London and started in 1968, has recently just done that. It is clear that they were inspired by the Atelier Populaires in France during May 68, as almost all of the posters are bold and simple like the French designs, if a bit less consistent in design and illustration skills. The Poster Workshop was an open platform for lots of groups to come and print their political posters, like a walk-in participatory screen print shop. Anyway, you can read more about on their archive site HERE. And there are more examples of posters below...

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Latin American Street Art

Posted November 2, 2010 by jmacphee in Street Art & Graffiti

Gualicho01.jpgI just got a note about a cool site focusing on Latin American street art. It's called SMNR, and you can check it out HERE. The image to the right is by Gualicho from Uruguay.

Justseeds tabling the NY Art Book Fair

Posted November 2, 2010 by k_c_ in Events

Justseeds will be tabling the NY Art Book Fair opening this Thursday. Come check out the RESOURCED portfolio along with Justseeds member's zines and book titles! Josh, by himself, has a great selection of new stuff!

Printed Matter presents the fifth annual NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7 at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Free and open to the public, the Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing.

The NY Art Book Fair includes special project rooms, screenings, book signings, and performances, throughout the weekend. Other events include the third annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, and The Classroom, a curated series of informal conversations between artists, together with readings, workshops and other artist-led events.

MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave (at 46th Ave) Long Island City, NY

Thursday, November 4, 2010, PREVIEW, 6pm - 9pm
Friday/Saturday, November 5-6, 2010, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, November 7, 2010, 11am - 5pm

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Just Seeder presenting in San Francisco Bay Area this weekend, Nov 5 & 6

Posted November 1, 2010 by Favianna_Rodriguez in Events

To all Area peeps! This is Favianna Rodriguez here, hoping that you can make it to either of these events. I have just returned to the Bay Area after a few months in the East.

SASF FINAL COVER web pageNov. 5 @ 7 PM
Art Lecture @ De Young Museum/ Koret Auditorium
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. San Francisco, CA 94118
Mission Muralismo Cultural Encounters
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, I will be talking about how my work is derived from the political printmaking tradition of Mexico. This event is another dynamic program in the ongoing series Mission Muralismo in conjunction with the recently published book Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo.

Nov. 6 @ 1 - 2:30 PM
Calendar Signing @ Green Fest, Booth 926
San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center
I'll be signing my new Perpetual Calendar and other goodies at Green Fest, the legendary Bay Area event! There is something for everyone at Green Fest. You can learn a new skill, listen to inspiring words from political, ntellectual and cultural icons, munch on delicious cuisine, and sample fair trade chocolate!

JBbTC 30: John Heartfield pt.1

Posted November 1, 2010 by jmacphee in Judging Books by Their Covers

heartfield_herzfelde01.jpgSometime in the early 1990s I was introduced to the photomontages of John Heartfield. The stark black and white collage work meshed well with my punk aesthetic tastes at the time, and many bits and pieces of Heartfield were showing up on record covers, Discharge's Never Again being one of the most high-profile examples. I didn't know at the time that almost of the collages I had seen were actually parts of covers for the German magazine AIZ. Over the years I picked up a couple books about Heartfield, they were printed in black and white, were in German, and for the most part they focused on his work for AIZ, with a handful of images of other collages, and a couple book covers here and there. It wasn't until relatively recently that I learned that Heartfield designed almost the entire run of covers for a small Left-wing German publishing house named Malik-Verlag. Turns out that Malik-Verlag was actually founded and run by Heartfield's brother Wieland Herzfelde. To the left is the cover for Wieland Herzfelde's Gesellschaft, Künstler und Kommunismus (1921), the image is George Grosz's silhouette.

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Justseeds Participating in PRINTS GONE WILD!!

Posted November 1, 2010 by k_c_ in Inspiration

Cannonball Press proudly presents: PRINTS GONE WILD 2010!
The fifth-ever annual vernacular printacular mega-hairy Brooklyn affordable print fair!
The ORIGINAL AND ONLY 50 bucks and under American print fair, November 5-6th.

Brooklyn’s own legendary Cannonball Press has again assembled an extraordinary menagerie of graphic artists under one roof, who will be present, displaying their prints, and selling them for $50 or less for two days only at SECRET PROJECT ROBOT, the Place with the Best Name.

Long-time champions of the affordable art cause, Cannonball Press has brought together these great artists as part of New York Fine Art Print Week so that New York can have a chance to see first-hand the incredible resurgence in affordable fine art printing that is happening across the country.


Dirty Printmakers of America Austin, TX
Wolfbat Studios Brooklyn, NY
Sean Star Wars Laurel, MS
Czentrifuga Berlin, Germany
Evil Prints St. Louis, MO
Yeehaw Industries Knoxville, TN
Space 1026 Philadelphia, PA
DRock Press Lexington, KY
Justseeds Brooklyn, NY
Kayrock Brooklyn, NY
The Amazing Hancock Bros. Austin, TX

Fri, Nov. 5th, 6pm-12am- Opening reception and party
Sat, Nov. 6th, 12-6pm- Fair is open all day

Secret Project Robot
210 Kent Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Come join us for music by Tyromous Rex, beer, and a big fat stack of prints!!!

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