I think that campaign finance laws that enable corporations and powerful interests to donate disproportionately is the biggest factor corrupting a fair manifestation of democracy. Check out this video put out by Represent.us that critiques how politicians pander to monied interests rather than creating the best policies for the MAJORITY of their constituents. Please share it. Thanks for caring.
The sale is almost here! As a reminder a few things have changed for this sale. First we are in a new spot. The sale will be at 2722 Michelson, Irvine. Second, we can no longer allow camping or overnight line ups. The areas surrounding the sale are gated and won’t allow you to hang out or wait. The parking gates will open 30 minutes before the sale starts. To try and ease the line we will be open longer on Saturday, with a 6 am start time. Police will be in the area so make sure to OBEY all the signs and laws.
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In his feature directorial debut, acclaimed author, visual artist, and filmmaker Antonino D’Ambrosio has fashioned a lively social history that chronicles how a generation of artists, thinkers, and activists used their creativity—and their creations—as a response to the reactionary politics that came to define our culture in the 1980s. An exuberant, mixed media collage that incorporates graphic art, music, animation, and spoken word, the film spans three decades of change–from the cynical heyday of Reagan and Thatcher through today– and brings together over 50 writers, playwrights, painters, poets, skateboarders, dancers, musicians, and rights advocates, all of whom attest to the fact that we can re-imagine the world we live in and take an active role in making that vision a reality.
Left Forum | Department of Sociology | CUNY Graduate Center | 365 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10016 | Room W615 | 3:00pm – 4:50pm, June 9, 2013
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Join political punk, hip-hop, and spoken word artists in discussing how transformative art movements and artists pose more to left politics than just making good posters or performing at protests to draw large crowds. How do artists raise the question of what kind of world we want to live in? Inspired by filmmaker/author/visual artist Antonino D’Ambrosio’s acclaimed film of the same name, the panel could offer an opportunity for discussants to push the horizons of the issues raised in the film.
Left Forum | Department of Sociology | CUNY Graduate Center | 365 Fifth Avenue | N Y, NY 10016 | Room W614 | 5:00 – 6:45pm, June 7, 2013
Antonino D’Ambrosio, Staceyann Chin, Melanie Joseph, Imran Ali Malik and Stanislao Pugliese.
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My friend and graphic art hero John Van Hamersveld is doing a book signing for his 50 year career retrospective book at Arcana on Sat. from 4-6 PM. John has created many iconic images over the years and his work has been a tremendous inspiration for me. I wrote the foreword to the book as well. Check it out and meet John who has many amazing works and stories.
I am concerned about the state of free speech and human rights in Turkey right now. My friend, Jeremy Kaplan, alerted me to the severity of the situation, which he has been following closely because his girlfriend is in Turkey at the moment. Turkey has been one of the more progressive countries in the Middle East for years, but seems to be moving in a more oppressive direction recently. A few years ago I made an image of Ataturk at the request of a Turkish friend. Ataturk was a champion of Turkish Democracy and secular government. I am offering a free download of my Ataturk image as a symbol of democracy and free speech. Please feel free to share that or the JPEG of Ataturk. Please read what my friend Jeremy has to say about the situation in Turkey and check out the links for more info. Thanks for caring.-Shepard Fairey
The overall issue is that the current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government have come too far towards authoritarianism, dictatorship and fascism, and farther away from Ataturk’s founding and modern society’s democratic and secular principles. Including plans to demolish Ataturk Cultural Centre. It is not a political or religious movement, it is a human rights movement representing all corners of their society. After days of being attacked by the police, including gassing tens of thousands of peaceful protesters about a few hours ago, they have stayed largely non violent (a small population people throwing bricks, and returning gas canisters, lighting fires etc) , and have cleaned up the damages. They are intending on remaining peaceful and are asking people around the world to share their story in the face of a prime minister that has called social media and twitter ” a menace to all society”.
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Like I mentioned in a previous post, I was asked to do the poster art for Metallica’s Orion Festival again this year. I hinted that there might be a molotov cocktail of rock iconography… BAM… there is, literally a molotov cocktail of 200 proof sonic elixir! I’ll be releasing a limited edition of 350 signed and numbered prints on Thursday the 6th. There will also be an unsigned litho version on thick paper available at the festival. The festival is June 8th and 9th and I think there are still some tickets available. Pick up a poster on site, or order it online . Keep rockin’ in the semi-free world. -Shepard
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The goal of the Universal Personhood poster is to promote peace, equality, and humanity. The title “Universal Personhood” is inspired by the fact that many Arab countries have traditionally discriminated against women, but have progressed to acknowledge women as having “equal personhood”. Most Arab countries now allow women to vote, a right not secured by women in the U.S. until 1920. Discrimination against women is not isolated to the Arab nations and the whole world could use a reminder that women have equal personhood. However, I titled the poster Universal Personhood to add another layer to the message. The western world has an irrational fear of Arabs, especially Muslims and when Arab civilians are killed their lives don’t seem to be given the same value as westerner’s lives. This attitude enables systematic discrimination. I find the notion appalling that all Arabs and Muslims are treated as inferiors and enemies because a minuscule number of Muslim extremists have committed acts of terror. By that same logic, Arabs should consider all American’s enemies because of the Arab civilian casualties in wars and drone strikes. As we all know, the extreme acts of the U.S. government do not reflect the desires or ethics of all Americans. I’d like to see a very basic assumption that ALL people deserve respect and human dignity. Let’s look at everyone as having the basic status of “Universal Personhood” and let them only be judged by their individual actions rather than generalized prejudice.
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The crew and I recently headed to Vienna to paint a large mural as part of a large street art show put on by the Ernst Hilger Gallery. Vienna is beautiful, with an abundance of incredible architecture and tons of museums. It seems like a place that really values creative culture. The mural location was an amazing grain building on a major road into Vienna. We asked the gallery to paint the wall red ahead of time to save time and we hoped the weather would hold up because we only had 4 days to complete the mural. Everything seemed great when we showed up to the properly painted wall with lifts waiting for us that we needed to get 70 feet up. However, after we started painting with stencils we realized that the wall proportions seemed off! Sure enough, after measuring, we realized that the wall dimensions were 25% smaller than the measurements we had been given. I quickly assessed the challenge and altered the composition of the mural to adapt to the new wall size. Stenciled on the wall of my studio is the directive:”measure twice… cut once”. Those are words to live by. The gallery staff were very apologetic, and I tried to relieve their stress by explaining that I was used to working in less than ideal conditions. In the end the mural turned out well. I’m looking forward to spending more time in Vienna in the future. Thanks to Ernst Hilger, Katrin, Anke, Niko, and the rest of his staff, as well as my crew of Dan Flores, Nic Bowers, and Z Bomit for helping to bring the project to completion.
Cash, Cans, Candy
Hilger BROT Kunsthalle and GALERIE HILGER NEXT
On Exhibition from May 31st – September 14th
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