Friday, March 18, 2011

Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today


Josh MacPhee (ed.)
Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today

Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today is a major collection of contemporary politically and socially engaged printmaking. This full color book showcases print art that uses themes of social justice and global equity to engage community members in political conversation. Based on an art exhibition which has traveled to a dozen cities in North America, Paper Politics features artwork by over 200 international artists; an eclectic collection of work by both activist and non-activist printmakers who have felt the need to respond to the monumental trends and events of our times.

$22 ($24.95 cover price)

More info here.

Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 26 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets – all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends.

JUSTSEEDS MEMBERS
Santiago Armengod (Mexico City)
Jesús Barraza (Oakland)
Kevin Caplicki (New York)
Melanie Cervantes (Oakland)
Alec ‘Icky’ Dunn (Portland)
Molly Fair (New York)
Thea Gahr (Mexico City)
Dara Greenwald (New York)
Nicolas Lampert (Milwaukee and Chicago)
Josh MacPhee (New York)
Fernando Martí (San Francisco)
Colin Matthes (Milwaukee)
Yobany Mendoza (Mexico City)
Dylan Miner (Michigan)
Roger Peet (Portland)
Jesse Purcell (Montreal)
Favianna Rodríguez (Oakland)
Erik Ruin (Philadelphia)
Shaun Slifer (Pittsburgh)
Chris Stain (New York)
Meredith Stern (Providence)
Swoon (New York)
Mary Tremonte (Pittsburgh)
Kristine Virsis (New York)
Pete Yahnke (Albuquerque)
Bec Young (Pittsburgh)

We’re located at 3410 Penn Avenue in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, at the intersection of Penn and Butler (known locally as Doughboy Square, after the WWI memorial soldier statue across the street). We are in the old Junction Coal building, more recently the offices of the Turner Detective Agency, which has been newly renovated and now houses the workhorse bike/ped nonprofit organization Bike PGH on the first floor, with our offices on the second floor.

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