10 1 / 2014

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lovelikeogkush:

This is too raw

Whoever makes these is not even in the general area of fucking around

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04 12 / 2012

To some the scene in Liberty Plaza seemed messy and chaotic. But it was also a laboratory of possibility, and that’s the beauty of democracy. The Wall Street occupation is creating a culture of ideas, expression and art represented and promoted hugely by the use of thought-provoking picket signs. Yet while many people support the occupation, they hesitate to fully join in and are quick to offer criticism. It’s clear that the biggest obstacles to building a powerful movement are not the police or capital — it’s our own cynicism and despair.

Perhaps their views were colored by the New York Times article deriding protestors for wishing to “pantomime progressivism” and “Gunning for Wall Street with faulty aim.” Many of the criticisms boil down to “a lack of clear messaging.” But how can they say there is a lack of message when they are painted and posted on picket signs all across the world, and the people holding them can give you a clear and concise reason why they are there. But who can say what exactly needs to be done? We are not talking about ousting a dictator; though some say we want to oust the dictatorship of capital.

This form of artistic expression being represented and displayed through picket signs has been a huge promoter of the occupy cause. The 99% rhetoric reportedly was initially created by a picket sign in NYC, which became a strong emblem for the movement, a phrase 99% of people could relate to. Picket signs have been extremely successful in promoting the occupy movement. When it is made so apparent that you are a part of the movement, whether you knew it or not, by simply being a part of the 99% it really encourages you to get involved. 

(Source: The Huffington Post)

04 12 / 2012

Political comics have always been a way to convey a certain message, often about greed, governmental corruption and stupidity. It seems like the type of movement most cartoonists would be supportive off – a bunch of rag-tag troublemakers taking on the man, in this case the big banks and greedy Wall Street types already the subject of many cartoons. So it is very suiting that Political comics have served as a medium to portray the message of occupy, since exposing greed corruption and stupidities are also some of occupies goals.  

However some cartoonists take on a different message about the occupy crowd like cartoonist Nate Beeler. He wasn’t exactly taken with the protesters themselves, and filed back-to-back cartoons mocking them as jobless, ambitiousness anarchists more at home playing video games then following through with a political movement. “My office happens to be next door to the Occupy DC protest at McPherson Square, so I get to experience these guys every day. I certainly share the protesters’ outrage over the sleazy conduct of the big banks, but I can’t support their politics”, Said Beeler, in an interview with the Cagle Post.

Despite the mixed feelings among cartoonists and having cartoons not in support of the movement, there are many that are in support of it. Although it is like what they say, any publicity is good publicity because these comics have been quite successful in effectively promoting the occupy movement.  Those who don’t always brows social media, or go to Wall Street, perhaps wouldn’t be exposed to occupy daily besides their local newspaper. Having OWS message on political cartoons helps bring awareness to the cause and a broader range of spectators.

Photo Credits: Nate Beeler, Steve Sack, David Horsey, Mike Luckovich, Bruce Hurwit.

(Source: BuzzFeed)

04 12 / 2012

Occupy artwork did more than grab some headlines and inconvenience workers on Wall Street last year. It blew a hole open in the consciousness of a confused and battered public untethered and afloat in debt, denial and mind-numbing distraction. As a result of the Occupy Movement and all its variations, in many unexpected ways people woke up. They became enlivened, enraged, enthused, and possibly enlightened by this movement and all of the beautiful artwork that it evoked.

September marked the one year anniversary of this populace movement that has successfully shifted the public discourse and has introduced new terms to the collective vocabulary, and this is a collection of images taken by photographer Jaime Rojo during the last year that captures some of the spirit and sentiment of the street. If you monitor the messages of Street Art and graffiti, you know that the desire for social and economic justice can be strident and ongoing, and these beautiful pieces are an emblem of this desire.

Colorful, chaotic and unsettling in all its imperfections, this social awakening on the streets continues to talk to people and they continue to listen, even as powerful forces do everything to convince them that it’s over. These images were extremely effective in promoting occupy, one of the first things that comes to mind when a person thinks about Occupy is the famous “we are the 99%” picket sign, first appearing in new York. These pieces and many others have provided as a wonderful artistic medium for revolutionaries wishing to convey a message of desired social change. 

Photos Credit of Jamie Rojo

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04 12 / 2012

Setting the entire occupy movement in motion was the the Vancouver-based Adbusters magazine, which created this image in July of 2011. It’s part of the publication’s long history of using unique and shocking images to inspire readers. This one in particular has since taken off, becoming an emblem of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and it ignited something powerful in the public imagination. Calling itself a “revolutionary magazine with a revolutionary agenda,” Adbusters has been advocating for a cultural insurgence against consumerism and corporate forces controlling Western culture for the last 20 years.

The ballerina is poised atop the bull, which is an iconic and possibly ironic symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity. She extends her arms, her leg, serenely posed against the grey skies. In the fog behind the bronzed beast, a crowd emerges wearing gas masks and holding batons, arms linked together against whatever is ahead. It is interesting that the crowd is shown wearing gasmasks because it is an epic foreshadow of what will happen a few months later for the movement. After being tear-gassed and flash grenaded relentlessly Occupiers would have to wear gas masks. The poster is scenic, striking and, as the events over the last year and a half have revealed, it has also been revolutionary.

This poster could actually be considered the most effective piece of art in the entire history of the Occupy Movement. It was so effective in raising support for the occupy movement, that words cannot do it justice, heck it started the entire movement. The theoretical model for Adbusters has been to avoid traditional, market-tested models of engagement to get people interested. “We rely on passionate words, pertinent facts and beautiful art to try to provoke epiphanies! That’s what it’s all about!” explained Adbusters Senior Editor Micah White in an interview with The Link. This unique form of advertising proved extremely effective, in influencing an entire movement of people and a generation. 

Setting the entire occupy movement in motion was the the Vancouver-based Adbusters magazine, which created this image in July of 2011. It’s part of the publication’s long history of using unique and shocking images to inspire readers. This one in particular has since taken off, becoming an emblem of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and it ignited something powerful in the public imagination. Calling itself a “revolutionary magazine with a revolutionary agenda,” Adbusters has been advocating for a cultural insurgence against consumerism and corporate forces controlling Western culture for the last 20 years.

The ballerina is poised atop the bull, which is an iconic and possibly ironic symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity. She extends her arms, her leg, serenely posed against the grey skies. In the fog behind the bronzed beast, a crowd emerges wearing gas masks and holding batons, arms linked together against whatever is ahead. It is interesting that the crowd is shown wearing gasmasks because it is an epic foreshadow of what will happen a few months later for the movement. After being tear-gassed and flash grenaded relentlessly Occupiers would have to wear gas masks. The poster is scenic, striking and, as the events over the last year and a half have revealed, it has also been revolutionary.

This poster could actually be considered the most effective piece of art in the entire history of the Occupy Movement. It was so effective in raising support for the occupy movement, that words cannot do it justice, heck it started the entire movement. The theoretical model for Adbusters has been to avoid traditional, market-tested models of engagement to get people interested. “We rely on passionate words, pertinent facts and beautiful art to try to provoke epiphanies! That’s what it’s all about!” explained Adbusters Senior Editor Micah White in an interview with The Link. This unique form of advertising proved extremely effective, in influencing an entire movement of people and a generation. 

14 11 / 2012

The Heistman Trophy recognizes the American political figure who, in the course of his or her official duties, manages to waste, steal and/or misappropriate the most taxpayer dollars. The Materials is Forton, The patina is a combination of paint and pigmented wax. Tail is a cast plastic that is slightly translucent. The Trophy’s creator Micheal Speaker credits the use of these materials as being “high tech, environmentally safe, a gypsum that does not kill artists or anyone else”, And also the reason he chose the materials he did is to convey a particular crude appearance, the materials were “chosen for being rude and does not break like a tail made of the Forton would be prone”

The piece is quite stunning as is much of Spekers other work, and this one convays a message where many can stand behind, especially supporters of Occupy Wall Street. This trophy broadcasts the ethics of political leaders that have misappropriated government funds only to help themselves. I would say that this is a fairly effective way of raising support for Occupy Wall Street, however the funds raised from purchasing the statue, do not go to supporting Occupy. With a price ranging from $300 plus - $1200, for a bronze casting, this is quite a costly endeavor in my opinion that isn’t even supporting Occupy (or charity), but It could still make a lovely gift anyways.

The trophy is not to be confused with another award of a similar name The Heisman Trophy (which recognizes outstanding college football performance) . “Please be advised that there is no deadline for submitting nominations and no actual trophy will be awarded.  Why?  Because the actions that result in individuals being nominated for The Heistman Trophy produce no winners”, says Bob McCarty on his website. The statue’s dimensions are 11.5”h x 11”l x 8” w,  and the title “Heistman Trophy” is laid out in front of the piece on the “field” using the font “United States” which is the font on US currency.

(Source: michaelspeaker)

30 10 / 2012

This visually appealing and thought invoking work is a fully illustrated deck of playing cards, which was created by two art directors, and 28 artists, as well as the 99%. Many people have heard of the erotic novel 52 Shades of Gray,  the creators of these cards have satired the name as 52 Shades of Greed. The playing deck was created in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement which started back in September of 2011. The goal  of the deck is (In the words of Marc Schef at rockthehub.com) for people to ”Learn about who and what is breaking our financial system and enjoy the incredible art on the cards!”


All of the proceeds made from the cards go towards supporting the occupy movement. The project has already surpassed its initial goal of $15,000 by 159%, bringing the campaign total to just over $23,700. Not only is the artwork of these cards beautiful but they also convey a powerful message about corruption, and so this has been an extremely effective medium for promoting Occupy. The cards depict specific corporations, share holders and CEO’s that not only contributed to the financial collapse of 2008 but also have actually profited from it. Of course this profit by the 1% is at great expense to the other 99% of society. 


On September, 12, 2012  the artists and OWS Alternative Banking team have announced that they have teamed up again to begin creating a companion card deck, 52 Shades of Progress. The difference is in that the 52 Shades of Greed deck offered editorial illustrations of everything from the “bad guys” of the financial crisis, to harmful legislature and accounting tricks, while the second deck will focus on solutions, and steps everyone can take to begin to clean up our current economic environment.

(Source: 52shadesofgreed.com)

30 10 / 2012

Gan Golan, 37, co-author of the 2010 graphic novel The Adventures of Unemployed Man staged a Superheroes versus Economic Super-villains smack down last October.  Golan, who co-wrote the comic with Erich Origen, dressed as Unemployed Man in a custom orange-and-blue costume for the event, and joined others dressed as economic warriors from the book: undocumented worker Fantasma, student-debt-burdened Master of Degrees, Captain Generica and Wonder Mother.

This feature of art literally coming to life in order to promote occupy is greatly on target with the 1% vs 99% rhetoric, the story of an unemployed man who gathers a team of misfit superheroes to fight the self-interested villains from the “Hall of Just Us”, is a beautifully drawn satire of the realistic problems that millions of American, and others around the world face. The reason Golan created this work was in order to encourage others to take a stand and hang in there, even when times are tough. “Stories are a powerful way to guide us and keep us strong,” said Golan.

So far Orgin has regarded the project as a labor of love, “We really haven’t seen any money from it.” Said Orgin. But of course profit margins are not what inspired this movement, combating economic inequality was the motive. The art featured in the comic book, as well as the dramatic public reenactment last October, are extremely spot on with current events relating to Occupy, so there for this form of art has been incredibly effective in promoting occupy. I mean who would walk through downtown New York, see a hand-full of full grown adults in neon spandex and not ask questions? Even those who aren’t in support of the occupy movement have to admit that this is a pretty entertaining and ingenious way to gain support for a cause.

(Source: comicsbeat.com)

03 10 / 2012

This poster-art emerged from the website Occuprint in November of 2011. Occuprint started as a reaction to the Occupied Wall Street Journal asking for their collective publishers to dedicate an issue to the poster-art of occupy. Occuprint displays posters from the global Occupy movement, all of which are part of the creative commons licensing. These works are available to be downloaded for noncommercial use, although of course they do request that you give the artists proper credit.

The Occuprint website is meant to connect people with this work and to publicize the occupy movement  The artistic expression in these pieces are displayed in the form of poster-art. Since there has been so much of this form it is great to have much of it archived and readily available in a convenient location.

The website accepts donations so that they can continue printing and distributing these posters for the Occupy movement. Occuprint is entirely volunteer-run, and donations cover just the costs of printing and shipping as well as occasional minor costs associated with events and the website.They also readily display their fundraising information to the public, unfortunately they are currently about $2,000 in the hole.

However this lack of cash does not diminish the effect that Occuprint has had on the occupy community. They continue to spread awareness of the movement and create another global community, this one for artists and art-lovers alike to come together and represent the 99%.


Art Credits: Marc SavianoSamuel Oslund, Janice Ledgerwood, & Querido Galdo.
 

(Source: occuprint.org)

02 10 / 2012

Banksy, the famous street artists, has once again lent his talent to the occupy movement, this time to assist Occupy London. Banksy has created a cleaver satire of the treasured game monopoly. The “go to jail” police officer has a scull to replace his face and Uncle Pennybeggs is displayed in the middle pan-handling for a little cash.

This artistic expression is in the form of a board game that relates our current capitalist system, to the cherished family game Monopoly. In the relation it shows the true nature of the “game”, the dark side of it in our society.

This piece has been fairly effective in drawing awareness for the Occupy cause by bringing in spectators, making them wonder “What is this giant monopoly board doing inside of St. Paul’s Cathedral?” and from that question they begin to seek the answers to the underlying issues of why it is there, which is of course to promote the occupy cause! Banksy’s Monopoly board is currently on display at St. Paul’s cathedral in London.

Photo Credit: Beth Ph

(Source: banksyt-shirts.com)