New small paper cut out on the Archivist's Circle site today. We're doing a big fund raising push trying to make sure this retrospective gets realized to its fullest, and to help make that happen we've created a series of art objects and small pieces like this one, so that you don't have to be a massive art collector to be a part of helping this project come to life. This lil' guy, the Caduceus is under 2004, at the link in my bio.
In 2005 I got invited to do my first major installation. I had some ideas in my head about creating an immersive space that functioned as a single artwork, as cohesive as a single drawing, but expanded outward for the viewer to experience by exploring - but I hadn't fully gotten to try these ideas out yet, because their execution was still beyond my reach. Then Jeffrey Deitch asked if there was anything I was hoping to created but hadn't yet tried, and that turned out to be a very transformative question. I set to work building out my first major installation that summer. The front entrance was designed to echo the experience of two train cars passing each other in the tunnels. I just took those original Subway Window prints and translated them into a unique variant series of small works on architectural salvage, and they'll be going up one at a time on the Archivist's Circle website starting today. The link is in my bio.
Does anyone have this piece in their collection or in their possession somehow, found on the street or left from an old show? It's the last piece we can't locate for the retrospective at the @cincycac and I would really love to have it. If anyone can lend us this image, let us know! [email protected]
I want to take a moment to acknowledge, with love, everyone who is doing the hard work of countering racist extremism in their culture and in their homes. Here in the U.S. we are seeing that racist extremists have been emboldened by our current administration to step out into the open and attempt to increase their power and influence over our lives. In the midst of this many people are confusing human rights movements like Black Lives Matter with hate organizations, and falsely equating the efforts of the Anti Fascist movement with the violence of the Nazis themselves. Fighting to protect human rights is not the same as fighting to take rights away from others, and understanding this distinction is fundamental to our ability to resist and protect one another. Hats off to everyone who is having difficult conversations with their families and neighbors this week, who is organizing in their communities and protesting in the streets. The link in my bio today is to the Southern Poverty Law Center's handbook "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide"
Print in progress. The painstaking stage of proofing, painting tiny corrections onto the proof with white paint, and then carving them backwards on to the block.
In its early stages my work was a mix of drawing friends and anonymous street portraiture. As I began working on longer term projects within communities, I began to draw people who lived in the neighborhoods we were working in, people who were part of the project with us. This is a linoleum block print of a young woman from Braddock named Neenee who worked with us one summer helping to paint the tiles for the scale model of the church, a proposal which eventually launched the @braddocktiles project. For the upcoming retrospective we've created a small edition of portrait close ups from the original linoleum block. They're up on the Archivist's Circle site under 2013. Link in bio
: Andrew Cameron Zahn of @cloudshopstudios, who created the Archivist's Circle and the studio websites is now having his own multimedia solo show, and running a Kickstarter to support it. Here's the link to learn more - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/38254516/xcambo-a-new-interactive-video-installation
Soooo, I'm lost right now. We've started pre-prep in Cincinnati, and they've got us a studio in the back of the amazing Sign Museum. I went to find a bathroom, and now 20 minutes later, I still can't find my way back to where we're working 😂😂😂. 5 more minutes then I call for help.
The wall paper for the @cincycac show has started printing! I just had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful, 80 plus year old wall paper factory where they hand silk screen yards and yards of wall papers on tables as long as a city block. So amazing to see this craft in action. @efsdesigns @matzarob
I just got this message from a friend that reminds me of why street pasting will always matter to me. She said she was passing by this wall when she met Julius and they struck up a conversation. He explained how he loved meditating next to this piece, how sometimes he sits and holds his hands the way she does, and he kept saying "there's just something about her". I'm reminded of the various conversations I've had over the years with people who have adopted the pieces. People for whom the spirit of the portraits matter, and speak to them, and keep them company. It's the best thing I could ever hope for when creating a work of art. Thanks Julius for seeing my work and in doing so, helping me see it too, and thanks @lindsayskedgell for the picture and sharing the story.
Anyone in this feed who voted for Trump, please listen to me for a second -- you need to be actively and clearly denouncing this rising tide of white-supremacist hate.
Don't kid yourself for one second, you helped to enable what is happening in Charlottesville today, and if you don't start speaking up now, and continue speaking up loudly and clearly, you will be responsible for allowing this to grow. You cannot sit back and be passive while this happens. Your participation in dismantling this is now a requirement.
True this message doesn't only apply to Trump voters, we all need to fight this sickness together -- but I know I have some Trump supporters in my feed to whom I've been meaning to say this for a while, and today is clearly, clearly that day.