International General Strike!
Two versions of the same poster.
To download the English Version click HERE.
To download the Spanish Version click HERE.
¡Huelga General Internacional!
Dos versiones del mismo cartel.
Para descargar la version en Espanol haz click AQUI.
Para descargar la version en Ingles haz click AQUI.
A detail from a series of images titled Life Skills.
Really incredible, watch and share this today!!
Go to closed captions to turn on English subtitles
These English and Spanish posters are two of four poster designs we will be giving away on May Day in Oakland and San Francisco. If you're out there look for us we will have a bunch of posters to give away. If you want to print your own copy download them here.
To Download the 11x17 poster in Spanish Click Here
To Download the 11x17 poster in English Click Here
Turns out that when Kevin and Santiago were here in Berlin in the Fall last year, they pasted up a big entryway in Kreuzberg with leftover prints from the Slovenia install. It's starting to peel, but most of it is still up!
Inspired by the long-submerged Mill Creek of West Philadelphia, as well as current debate about fracking in Pennsylvania, this original play explores the complications of what lies beneath our feet. Using puppets, pulleys, movement, and maps, the performance examines the intricacies of extraction and recognizes a waterway that continues to resurface. Tree house, houseboat and bunker dwellers unite amidst an invasion of urban water buffalo. All this, plus a one-man band! BELOW and BEYOND is a performance directed by Donna Sellinger (of The Missoula Oblongata), and created by Beth Nixon (of Ramshackle Enterprises) and Sarah Lowry (also of The Missoula Oblongata), with Matthew Schreiber on accordion and a million other instruments.
(Out NorthEast? Don't miss this! Dates and more info below...)
While here in Berlin we've been absorbing the visual atmosphere, which includes a significant amount of interesting political markings and messages. Here's ten from my camera.
Are you in Berlin?? Come to our opening!!!
Agit-Prop and Interventions
April 27-May 27, 2012
im Haus Schwarzenberg, Rosenthalerstraße 39, 10178 Berlin
Opening Friday 4/27, 8pm
Art & Politics, a group discussion 4/28, 8pm
Dance dance dance again! Party 4/29, 10pm
with DJ Captain Captian (Kreuzburgh) and DJ Mary Mack (Justseeds/Pittsburgh) + Visuals (Shaun Slifer/Justseeds)
Hello book cover fans! I wanted to share a short note to say I hope that JBbTC will back on a regular weekly schedule very soon. Between working on Occuprint, the Interference Archive, and now installing a Justseeds show in Berlin, I've been way, way too busy, and the book posts have taken a back seat. I hope to be back on track ASAP.
In the meantime, it appears as if German crime novels in the 1970s included a lot of scenes with helicopters!!
It has been a while since I have done a drawing all the time post. I have been living in rural Ireland and the internet feels far away.
Pittsburgh, PA, USA (Full image below)
The exhibition schedule for the Justseeds-IVAW "War is Trauma" portfolio rolls on. Marc Fischer of Temporary Services recently presented the portfolio at the Speak Easy series in Kansas City. Will Stewart from IVAW was on hand to co-present and below are some photos that Marc passed on. Below also is a description of the Speak Easy which sounds amazing and proof positive that art and activism is alive and well in the Midwest.
So there are five of us Justseeds members (and two fellow travelers) trouncing around Berlin, in preparation for our exhibition at Neurotitan gallery (see HERE!). We've been here for almost a week, but have been adventuring so hard, we've completely failed to blog about it! This is the first of a series of posts to rectify the situation.
This week's silkscreen print is by Ella, for Planned Parenthood of Western PA. Planned Parenthood is using this series of posters by Power Up in their youth education programs.
Cordialmente les invitamos a la Inauguración de la Carpeta Gráfica: WIRIKUTA -Tsekie Tuamuxawita: Herido Lugar Sagrado
Viernes 20 de Abril 2012
De parte de La Escuela de Cultura Popular, La Convención Metropolitana de Artistas y Trabajadores de la Cultura, el Paliacate y dentro del marco de las Jornadas Contra la Minería que se han llevado acabo en la ultima semana. Te invitamos a la Exposición e inauguración de esta obra gráfica creada en colectivo a beneficio del Frente por Defensa de Wirikuta: Tamatsima Wahaa.
Habra convivencia, música y buen ambiente.
En el Espacio Cultural el Paliacate
Av. 5 de Mayo #20
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.
DOWNLOAD MAY DAY POSTER BY CLICKING HERE
I designed this poster for this years May Day festivities, to get the word out and make some cool giveaways...like printing a few hundred of these for the opening of the All Of Us Or None exhibit at the Oakland Museum. The next batch I print will be to give away to a local Bay Are organization to help with their organizing. But if you want to make a version for yourself you can download a PDF here from our website and print a copy for yourself and all your friends.
DOWNLOAD MAY DAY POSTER BY CLICKING HERE
I have also added a second poster to download, I made this poster for actions where in the Bay Area where organizations protested at Wells Fargo banks to demand a moratorium on foreclosures and to stop its investments in detention centers and dirty energy and to hold them accountable for their role in causing our economic crisis.
Friend and CPH poster artist Jared Davidson has organized an exhibition of CPH posters in New Zealand!!:
Katipo Books is proud to present Celebrate People’s History—an exhibition of over 50 international posters documenting radical moments in history. The exhibition will run from Monday 16 April until Monday 14 May in the Young Adults section of the Upper Riccarton Community and School Library.
Since 1998 the Celebrate People’s History Project has produced an amazing array of political posters by different artists from around the world, each highlighting a historical example of struggle for human rights, social justice, and freedom. From the Spanish Revolution to feminist labour organisers, indigenous movements to environmental sustainability, protests against racism to the Korean Peasant’s League—Celebrate People’s History canvases global movements in collaboration with a global network of artists.
This week's silkscreen print is by Lauren, in response to a presentation on healthy eating by Kimberly Bracken of the Pittsburgh Children's Museum and YMWAHA.
Happy Birthday to Elizabeth Catlett, who would have turned 97 today. Catlett is an inspiration to many in the Justseeds crew for her linocut print work, and her participation in the Taller de Gráfica Popular of Mexico City. Formed in 1937, the Taller was a printmaking group whose work covered subjects like anti-facism, literacy and schools, and organized labor. She is also an amazing sculptor, and although not well known by the general public, her work can be found in major art museums around the U.S. if you look (I communed with "stargazer" many times while working at the Detroit Institute of Arts).
Catlett's work and life will be a source of inspiration to political graphic producers for years to come: "Spare, reserved, angry, radical beautiful...Genius in her ideas and in their execution...there's a motion and fluidity...she doesn't fuck around." (Nosedive #9, 1999) I'm grateful for her incredible contributions to the world. Up until her death, Catlett lived and worked in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Illustration from Firebrands: Portraits From the Americas.
(photo by William DeShazer)
When do unions stand in opposition to human rights? And when do unions conflict with progressive causes? These questions are coming to a head in Illinois where members from the AFSCME union are fighting a rigorous campaign to keep the TAMMS supermax prison open, despite the announcement a few months back by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn that he wants the prison to close in early August, along with 13 other correctional facilities.
This week’s cover is Antimaster. I had previously posted on the blog the Silkscreen printing process of this cover, but this is what it looked like originally.
I had done a couple designs for them previous to this gatefold cover and they were really open and receptive to any advice I could provide. So when it came down to illustrating it was super quick and easy.
Here's some random snapshots of graffiti, signs, and lettering that have warmed my heart as I move through Portland and Pittsburgh.
We just received the biggest propaganda drop-off in my lifetime here at the Interference Archive! Occuprint MayDay materials arrived today, including 30,000 broadsheets, 8,500 posters (18"x24"), and 55,000 stickers! Holy crap!
A Guidebook of Alternative Nows is a collaboratively created book that illuminates ways contemporary artists, activists and others are devising more socially, economically, and ecologically just versions of “now.”
I am designing the cover as well as some special "Alternative Now" badges, and both Justseeds and member project Howling Mob Society have contributions to the book, as well as a host of other amazing projects. Read on for more info.
Pittsburgh, PA, USA (Full image below, thanks Icky! I'm still getting mostly entries from Pittsburgh, and I'm about to run out, which means no more posts - so start sending in images! Read more below...)
DOWNLOAD MAY DAY POSTER BY CLICKING HERE
I was recently invited by the collective members of Indig-nación; a Spanish language newspaper for the Occupy Wall St. movement, written and edited by Latin@s to create a poster for the the print and online editions of the publication.
I was tasked with creating a poster that would inspire people to mobilize and get out into the streets on May 1st 2012. Occupy Wall Street is urging people around the world to join in on the day of action:
A list of disappointments from the Obama administration would fill a volume, but close to the top would be his support of the Keystone XL pipeline. Obama (and his supporters) might want to check out this documentary about the devastating impact of tar sands on Canada and beyond. Now, imagine if political leaders truly supported renewable energy, instead of the oil and gas industry.
This weeks Rad Teen Print was created by Talonda, and printed as a group by Power Up as a thank you gift to all our wonderful partners in this round of the program, including New Voices Pittsburgh, Planned Parenthood of Western PA, Milestone/The Art Market, YMWAHA, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, and more.
If you're in Pittsburgh this Wednesday (April 11), Mary and I will be doing a presentation about Justseeds and some of our recent projects at the CI13 apartment, a project of the curatorial team that's been busy organizing the next Carnegie International! Event details below...
To me Ai Weiwei defines courage. He defines the role of the artist as taking a leadership role in transforming society and speaking out against oppression no matter what the cost.
Official book launch for Chris Stain's latest project and Drago's newest title - LONG STORY SHORT - at Wooster Street Social Club in NYC on March 14th, 2012.
Buy the book on dragolab.com:
Justseeds members Shaun Slifer and Mary Tremonte will be in Columbus, OH this weekend! Check out this writeup in The Lantern, Ohio State University's campus newspaper, HERE.
There is a run-down of our events after the jump, all free and open to the public:
I just learned that Elizabeth Catlett died on Monday, at her home in Mexico at the age of 96. Catlett was an outstanding participant of the black arts movement in the US, as well as an early (and long time) member of the Taller de Grafica Popular in her adopted home in Mexico. She was a sculptress and a print-maker; and her masterful synthesis of line, form, and content exerted a huge influence on folks around the world, and especially on many of us involved in Justseeds.
Poop Bags in Brooklyn, NY, USA, full image below (Thanks, Mary!)
Here's some info about (long-time Justseeds ally) Vanessa Renwick's new installation in Portland, OR. I dropped the ball on posting this for the opening, but it's up for two months.
"What we see before us is just one tiny part of the world. We get into the habit of thinking, this is the world, but that's not true at all. The real world is a much darker and deeper place than this, and much of it is occupied by jellyfish and things".
Medusa Smack- a video installation by Vanessa Renwick
with a score composed and performed by Tara Jane ONeil
Let's start off part two of the covers of Fanon's Wretched of the Earth (read part one HERE) with this beautiful cover from the 1961 Portuguese edition published by Editora Ulizzeia. Aesthetically I find this design stunning, the landscape of the mask flattened by the orange overprint, the strong tall gothic type springing from the forehead of the mask, everything is in balance. Politically it's a bit less convincing. Although Fanon's first book is entitled Black Skin, White Masks, the use of a Sub-Saharan African mask on a book about the Algerian anti-colonial struggle seems a bit off. In the coming weeks as I go through all the Fanon titles and their covers, you'll see how this mask theme keeps coming back, regardless of whether it is appropriate for the specific book or not.