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This channel is a bit of a catch all, since so much of what we do and are interested in over here in Justseeds engages in some way with both art and politics.
Art Build Techniques for Protest

Art Build Techniques for Protest

January 6, 2017

Bay-Area arts organizer David Solnit has been making art for protest movements for decades, and has established a practice of simple, reliable techniques for amplifying messages in the streets. I’ve…

Certain Days 2017

Certain Days 2017

August 31, 2016

2017 sees the release of the 16th annual Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar. Many Justseeds’ artists have contributed art to the calendar over the years, this year includes…

Solidarity with Standing Rock

Solidarity with Standing Rock

August 25, 2016

Standing in solidarity with Standing Rock and the struggle to stop the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. #noDAPL #standingwithStandingRock #WaterIsLife #Rezpect We are selling a limited number of posters…

Signal:05 Out Now!

Signal:05 Out Now!

August 2, 2016

Alec and I are very excited that our latest issue of Signal is back from the printer and available here on Justseeds! We made a little promotional animation/video, and hope…

QUEER HEARTACHE: a poetry tour

QUEER HEARTACHE: a poetry tour

July 25, 2016

TOUR Join award-winning queer Asian-American poets, Kit Yan and Jess X. Chen (justseeds artist) on the Queer Heartache Summer Tour. Combining oceanic laughter, the violence of heartbreak, and the sorrow lost…

Freshwater Mussel Mural

Freshwater Mussel Mural

July 4, 2016

The eighth of the Endangered Species Murals is now complete! I’ve just returned to Portland from Knoxville, Tennessee, after finishing up the largest mural I have ever had the pleasure…

Beyond Prisons Posters

Beyond Prisons Posters

June 29, 2016

At the end of March I was contacted by Aaron Huey of the Amplifier Foundation about participating in a project he was putting together—an experiment in mass production and distribution…

Juneteenth

Juneteenth

June 19, 2016

Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, now celebrated, more generally as the emancipation of African American slaves, on…

To endure election cycles, make art

To endure election cycles, make art

June 3, 2016

@notorious_t_0_m saw our work on the subway and advised "stop the spread of trump!" @realdonaldtrump #SubwayTrumpStickers #streetart #donaldtrump #nyc #makeamericagreatagain #gofuckyourself A photo posted by Major Bigtime (@majorbigtime) on May…

MayDay preparations in Milwaukee

MayDay preparations in Milwaukee

April 18, 2016

It’s a Justseeds art explosion in the art-build space above Company Brewing in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood for the next three days. Justseeds artists Paul Kjelland, Pete Railand, Nicolas Lampert and…

Apartheid IsRael

Apartheid IsRael

April 10, 2016

Here’s a link to an article about a cool political art project that took place on the London subway. The action was conducted last month by London Palestine Action: We…

Inkworks R.I.P.

Inkworks R.I.P.

March 26, 2016

Inkworks, one of the longest running movement print shops in the US, recently closed. Steven Heller wrote nice obit., and short interview with original collective member Lincoln Cushing, on Print…

BLU buffs his own work

BLU buffs his own work

March 24, 2016

A friend in Slovenia recently notified me that the artist BLU’s removing his murals from Bologna Italy for very anti-commercial reasons. Check out the article and further discussion, in Italian,…

Earth First! The Musical!

Earth First! The Musical!

March 16, 2016

Colleague Maren Ward has been putting together a musical celebrating 30 years of Earth First!– the radical, no-compromise environmental movement that brought direct action to the forests, mountains and deserts…

New Project from Jamaa Al-Yad

New Project from Jamaa Al-Yad

February 17, 2016

Our friend Jamaa Al-Yad in Beirut just launched a new project: “Boycott, Divest, Sanction: On Campus”   Originally designed for a campaign at the American University of Beirut, they’ve uploaded…

3 Steps Notepads

3 Steps Notepads

February 16, 2016

Our friend Charles at Eberhardt Press (who prints the fabulous Justseeds Organizers each year, and the new 3-Year Garden Journal) just sent me a small box of cool notebooks he…

Back in Yogyakarta with Taring Padi

Back in Yogyakarta with Taring Padi

February 4, 2016

Greetings from Yogyakarta, a burgeoning city on the island of Java in Indonesia. I’m here to visit friends in the Indonesian political printmaking collective Taring Padi, legendary agitators in graphic…

border/arte interview with jetsonorama

border/arte interview with jetsonorama

February 1, 2016

“What is JustSeeds and why are collectives important?
Justseeds is a cooperative of 30 socially-engaged artists and activists scattered across north America whose work addresses themes of social justice, environmental justice, gender quality, prison reform, veteran advocacy and so on.

Amplify Palestine!

Amplify Palestine!

November 18, 2015

Adalah-NY teamed up with some cultural workers, and friends of Justseeds, to produce this video in support of the cultural boycott of the Israeli state. NY based artists are asked…

CPH : IVAW in SF August 13th

CPH : IVAW in SF August 13th

July 26, 2015

Celebrate People’s History: Iraq Veterans Against the War Ten years of fighting for peace & justice One Night Only! Thursday August 13th, 2015 6PM – 10PM Mullowney Printing 931 Treat…

Signal:04 Editors’ Round Up

Signal:04 Editors’ Round Up

June 7, 2015

  Signal is journal of international political graphics and culture and is edited by Josh MacPhee and myself (Alec Dunn). We produce Signal because we believe that art and culture…

Ferguson goddam

Ferguson goddam

November 26, 2014

Some recent copy-right free graphics that I made in response to the police murder and state violence taking place across the country.

Posters for Gaza

Posters for Gaza

September 19, 2014

A number of venues have been collecting the posters and graphics produced in solidarity with Gaza over the past couple months, and I thought it would be cool to share…

New issue of Peak Magazine out!

New issue of Peak Magazine out!

August 19, 2014

Canadian magazine the Peak has their September issue out and it’s articles are complimented by some artwork of Justseeds’ members. You can read the issue below.

Lights, Trauma, Revelation

Lights, Trauma, Revelation

August 17, 2014

Inspired by the directorial cue—”Lights, camera, action!”—award-winning poets Cathy Linh Che, Jess X Chen and Paul Tran embark on a cross-country extravaganza to read from their first and upcoming books….

August 6, 1945

August 6, 1945

August 6, 2014

“August 6th 1945 was the day that the US air force dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan, striking Hiroshima and killing up to 160,000 of the city’s inhabitants, most…

Utopias of So. Cal

Utopias of So. Cal

May 20, 2014

Robby Herbst informed me about this new info graphic guide – Utopias of So. Cal – that can be found free around LA. Learn more about the project here.

Signal:03 Editor’s Roundup

Signal:03 Editor’s Roundup

May 7, 2014

Signal:03 Editor’s Round Up We start this issue with a reproduction of a silkscreened portfolio, titled Jeu de Massacre, which was produced in 1930 by an anti-fascist/anarchist/surrealist printmaker by the name…

Public Energy Art Kit

Public Energy Art Kit

May 5, 2014

Justseeds artists Santiago Armengod, Nicolas Lampert and Roger Peet each made a graphic for the recently released Public Energy Art Kit, which is a collection of posters addressing aspects of…

Capital Pipeline

Capital Pipeline

February 1, 2014

A recent image that I made for a Post Carbon Institute/Steve Lambert poster project that will be hitting the streets soon. My image unfortunately mirrors reality with the erroneous decision…

Signal:03 Out Now!

Signal:03 Out Now!

January 13, 2014

The brand new issue of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture was just printed, and is now available on Justseeds. We’re really excited about it, and think…

Zapatista Murals

Zapatista Murals

January 10, 2014

I’m just back from three weeks in Mexico, most of which I spent traveling with Mazatl in Chiapas, the southernmost state and home to the Zapatista movement and its system…

Justseeds: Old School 11

Justseeds: Old School 11

December 26, 2013

This old school image is from Kevin Caplicki: “I drew this illustration in 2006 for an anarchist football team that was traveling to the Mondiali Antirazzisti, an Anti-Fascist festival in…

Black Salt : The Initiative

Black Salt : The Initiative

July 31, 2013

Black Salt Collective is launching therir first large-scale collaborative project: a part-narrative, part documentary, art film with original musical soundtrack. Black Salt Collective is the work of artists Grace Rosario…

Drone Kite

Drone Kite

July 19, 2013

Here is a simple graphic that I made in response to the Obama Administrations support of drones. Obama – much like every president before him – is tied to the…

In Palestine pt.19

In Palestine pt.19

July 17, 2013

Most days Ramallah feels like the world’s biggest construction site. Buildings are going up everywhere you look, the street leading up to our hotel didn’t have a sidewalk when we…

GE Drone Logo

GE Drone Logo

July 17, 2013

Milwaukee-based artist Jacob Flom created a new graphic about drones. On his website, he writes: “The worlds largest corporation, General Electric (GE) invited me to submit work for their annual…

Google Google Apps Apps

Google Google Apps Apps

July 12, 2013

Perusing the ol’ Hark! a Vagrant tumblr yesterday I came across this absolutely marvelous video by Miss Persia and Daddie$ Pla$tic for a song called Google Google Apps Apps. I…

In Palestine pt.16

In Palestine pt.16

July 12, 2013

When I was in school, it took two years of organizing to get our college library to build their collection of books about prisons from a dusty shelf of old…

In Palestine pt.11

In Palestine pt.11

July 5, 2013

I barely got used to seeing the pay-to-ride CitiBikes around New York City before I left town. Although these bike programs seem to now be a prerequisite for any city…

Dissent Illustrations

Dissent Illustrations

July 3, 2013

I was recently commissioned by Dissent magazine to provide some illustrations for their special issue on climate change. Check out the magazine here and consider a subscription! You can see…

I Am Bradley Manning

I Am Bradley Manning

June 19, 2013

Some colleagues made this awesome, star-studded explosion of a video tribute to Bradley Manning. Watch it, think hard about it. What are YOU willing to do for what you know…

Commentary on “Aqui Seguimos”

Commentary on “Aqui Seguimos”

June 7, 2013

University of Nottingham professor Adam David Morton offers up a nice little vignette of commentary on the significance of the Zapatista movement, using my “Aqui Seguimos” print as a springboard….

Impeach Freights/Graf 1

Impeach Freights/Graf 1

May 21, 2013

Midwest political graffiti powerhouse and freight train aficionado Impeach has been sending in stacks of photos of recent work. I’ve finally sorted, cleaned, and am starting to post them. I…

Printing a Josh MacPhee at SGCI

Printing a Josh MacPhee at SGCI

March 29, 2013

The printing of Josh MacPhee’s 2-color screenprint during Uprising: Images of Labor, a Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative exhibition at the SGC International in Milwaukee, WI

The Trouble is the Banks

The Trouble is the Banks

February 14, 2013

The excellent magazine n+1 released a small book last year called “The Trouble Is The Banks: Letters to Wall Street”. The book is composed of letters written to the officers…

define: Vibrancy

define: Vibrancy

February 4, 2013

 This past week I got a kick out of Thomas Frank’s article “Dead End on Shakin’ Street” in the last issue of The Baffler. Frank skewers the term Vibrant, particularly…

ban assault weapons

ban assault weapons

December 17, 2012

The horrific massacre that transpired in Newtown hit me hard. Not simply because I am a parent and a teacher, but because gun violence has become so rampant and so…

1W3KND in Windsor

1W3KND in Windsor

December 15, 2012

I’m in Windsor for the weekend doing 1W3KND writing residency with fellow OCADU student Jason Deary at Broken City Lab’s Civic Space. So far I’ve gotten a little walking tour…

Justseeds on StreetArtNYC

Justseeds on StreetArtNYC

December 13, 2012

StreetArtNYC give a nice mention of Justseeds exhibition “Sowing the Seeds of Love” with some images on their blog. Thanks! Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is “Sowing the Seeds of Love” at…

Sewing Freedom

Sewing Freedom

October 14, 2012

Jared Davidson (from Garage Collective, and designer of the Red Feds Celebrate People’s History poster) just put out a great looking new book on anarchism in NZ called Sewing Freedom….

Rad Graphics from Idinthakarai

Rad Graphics from Idinthakarai

September 21, 2012

A new friend here in Toronto, Ponni, shared some amazing political graphics by Aarti Sunder, criticizing the government’s use of the charge of Sedition to silence over 6,000 anti-nuclear activists…

Certain Days 2013

Certain Days 2013

September 15, 2012

Once again, Justseeds members have been heavily involved in the art side of the always fabulous Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar. This year Santiago’s art is on the…

Carré Rouge!

Carré Rouge!

August 12, 2012

While installing their exhibition at Interference Archive, it came out that one of the members of the Ècole de la Montagne Rouge is the singer in a punk band, called…

Craft-o-Tron

Craft-o-Tron

June 21, 2012

If you happen to be in Pittsburgh, you can pick up my Queer Scout Badges and Merit Badges from the Upcycla Craft-o-Tron vending machine at the East End Food Co-op….

Misrepresented art projects

Misrepresented art projects

June 20, 2012

File under quick rant. I’m really happy that some well-intentioned artists are working on the theme of water. Without clean, potable water, we’re screwed. In my opinion most creatures on…

Student Debt Graphics

Student Debt Graphics

May 22, 2012

One of the great myths in the US is that public education should be expensive. In most Western European countries tuition at public universities is free or close to it….

Ecole de la Montagne Rouge

Ecole de la Montagne Rouge

May 20, 2012

Ecole de la Montagne Rouge (School for Red Mountain) is a group of graphic design students producing work for the student strikes currently happening in Montreal. Their designs and methods…

More May Day Posters

More May Day Posters

April 29, 2012

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…

#Egypt

#Egypt

March 6, 2012

This past weekend, Paul Kjelland and I did an installation for the True/False film festival in Columbia, Missouri. Our installation – installed on the glass windows of the Ragtag Theater/cafe…

Glitter Bombs

Glitter Bombs

February 28, 2012

I am always fascinated with how creative resistance tactics resurface and share commonalities with the actions of the past decades. A prime example is the fake New York Times paper…

Occuprint Fundraiser

Occuprint Fundraiser

February 22, 2012

Occuprint, a group I’m involved in that has been helping to organize, produce, and distribute posters and graphics for the Occupy movement since the early days of Occupy Wall Street…

Vive la résistance indigene!

Vive la résistance indigene!

February 20, 2012

In Manitoba, the Canadian province north of Minnesota and North Dakota, today is officially Louis Riel Day. For many, Riel is a controversial historical figure. Seen by many as the…

“Turbo Sculpture”

“Turbo Sculpture”

February 7, 2012

Turbo Sculpture is a video essay by Aleksandra Domanovic which questions the emergence of a new kind of public art in ex-Yougoslav republics… “What interested me about the “turbo sculptures”…

Hundred Story House

Hundred Story House

February 3, 2012

Leon Reid IV, intelligent street artist (yes, it’s sad, but you do have to distinguish these days…) and cohort of Justseeds’ Chris Stain, is working on a new project called…

Overpass Light Brigade

Overpass Light Brigade

December 2, 2011

Signs of visual resistance matter. Wisconsin is a battle-ground state, a battle between anti-Walker and pro-Walker supporters. Over the past week the Recall Walker movement received a huge boost when…

Freedom Rider Cantastoria

Freedom Rider Cantastoria

November 11, 2011

Fellow artist and activist Ethan Heitner told me about a great project he is helping with. I asked him to do a guest blogpost about the whole process of making…

The Mythological Quarter

The Mythological Quarter

November 1, 2011

Shaun Slifer and I recently had the great pleasure of visiting Brett Bloom and Bonnie Fortune in Copenhagen. They organized an exhibit of the Justseeds Resourced Portfolio and related prints…

¡Cesen Deportacion!

¡Cesen Deportacion!

October 22, 2011

In July Melanie Cervantes and I teamed up with Rupert Garcia to produce a print to use as a fundraiser for the Ethnic Studies College at San Francisco State University….

OWS Animated GIF

OWS Animated GIF

October 19, 2011

Justseeds fellow-traveler Brandon Bauer just sent me a cool animated gif he made from one of my Occupy posters. I actually can’t figure out how to embed the damn thing…

Red in black and white

Red in black and white

September 23, 2011

Lincoln Cushing has just put online a new essay about U.S. New Left printshops that accompanies the new exhibition Peace Press Graphics 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change….

Scapegoat Journal

Scapegoat Journal

September 14, 2011

Our friends over at Groundswell Design Collective have been busy, and are part of a group producing a new journal called Scapegoat. The first issue is themed Service, and looks…

Tahrir Documents

Tahrir Documents

September 13, 2011

I recently came across Tahrir Documents, an amazing website and resource that is archiving, scanning, translating, and representing a huge collection of documents, fliers, posters, and newspapers produced as part…

Support Milk Not Jails

Support Milk Not Jails

August 29, 2011

MILK NOT JAILS is a consumer campaign to mobilize NY residents to support the dairy industry and the long-term sustainability of the rural economy. It is a political campaign to…

Stop the Raids

Stop the Raids

July 15, 2011

Raoul Deal, a Milwaukee-based artist and long time friend to Justseeds, just completed a massive 40″ x 60″ woodcut based on the May Day parade/Immigrant Rights March in Milwaukee a…

Mud Stenciling the Rich

Mud Stenciling the Rich

June 15, 2011

A few days ago pro-labor activists mud stenciled and chalked the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin for their support of Gov. Walker and his assault on…

Is Wisconsin in America?

Is Wisconsin in America?

March 26, 2011

Unfortunately yes. Worse, Republicans want to model Wisconsin after Arizona. Voces de la Frontera, a large immigrant rights organization in Milwaukee held its first emergency meetings last Sunday to inform…

Albina

Albina

March 16, 2011

I just finished up my final project for my mapping class:

Blight!

Blight!

March 1, 2011

I’m taking a class in GIS at the local community college and it’s super fun! I just made my first map (it’s of Portland, OR, by the way):

Anti-Advertising Agency Archive

Anti-Advertising Agency Archive

February 24, 2011

The full archive of the projects of the Anti-Advertising Agency (2004-2010) have just been put up online, including Dara Greenwald and my contribution, the Samaras Project, an exploration into alternative…

Political Poster Jam

Political Poster Jam

February 18, 2011

I designed this for poster for the Political Poster Jam happening at the Oakland Museum next week. From 8 to 11pm on February 25, 2011, the Oakland Standard will honor…

Portable Utopia

Portable Utopia

February 15, 2011

In lieu of Rad Teen Print of the Week, here is Rad Post-Teen Project of the Week! From Johannesburg, South Africa: check out this rad portable project organized by Kevin…

Remembering Reagan, ugh.

Remembering Reagan, ugh.

February 10, 2011

Mark Vallen has published a nice piece remembering the terror of the Reagan years, and has included a great collection of political flyers he made during the 80s. Here is…

Theodore Harris Artist Talk

Theodore Harris Artist Talk

February 9, 2011

A nice video of an artist talk by Theodore Harris, one of my favorite political collagists working today. The show he is talking about is “COLLAGE and CONFLICT: The Anti-Imperialist…

Printing Extincion 3

Printing Extincion 3

by Mazatl
January 27, 2011

These are some pictures from the printing of Extincion 3. This last December I sent half of the 33-print edition to JS HQ in Pittsburgh but black magic spells were…

New CDC Billboard

New CDC Billboard

September 2, 2010

I’m a month late in getting this up here, but the billboard lib group California Department of Corrections (CDC) put up a great new billboard: Here’s their press release: For…

Into Iraq by Art Hazelwood

Into Iraq by Art Hazelwood

August 31, 2010

My friend and kick-ass printmaker Art Hazelwood has just released a hand-printed artist book called Into Iraq. Check it out HERE. It;s pretty cool, and here’s what he has to…

Plastic…

Plastic…

August 24, 2010

My friend Shawn Gilheeney just sent me a cool install he did with his friend Greg, a pile of signs related to our unending consumption of toxic consumer goods… They…

Stop the Bomb

Stop the Bomb

August 9, 2010

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. Three days prior, August 6, 1945 the USA dropped the first atom bomb on Hiroshima. This flyer was made…

Signal:01 Editor’s Round Up

Signal:01 Editor’s Round Up

August 7, 2010

Signal 01 is out! The first issue of Signal is out now! Signal is a full color, 140 page book about international political art, graphics, and culture. This issue contains interviews with the Taller Tupac…

Liu Bolin: Hiding In The City

Liu Bolin: Hiding In The City

July 30, 2010

I just saw some beautiful photographs by Chinese artist Liu Bolin, from a series called Hiding In the City, where he gets painted into his environment. These works were inspired…

Pro-Palestine price tag switcheroo

Pro-Palestine price tag switcheroo

July 2, 2010

Activists in the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel have been getting really creative, here’s a LINK to an action in Sweden recently, switching out price tags at H&M.

Mihaly Biro

Mihaly Biro

May 24, 2010

(May Day 1919, Budapest) I just found a book on Hungarian artist/designer Mihaly Biro. I don’t read Magyar so I can only supply scant biographical details: he was born in…

Swoon in Zambia

Swoon in Zambia

May 4, 2010

Recently Swoon, Matt Small, Mike Snell (of Black Rat Projects), and RJ Rushmore (of vandalog.com) traveled to Kabwe, Zambia to work with students at the Robert Shitima School. They were…

NewMTA.info

NewMTA.info

April 15, 2010

Found this behind my farm stand at Union Square a couple of weeks ago. The poster lists a website at NewMTA.info. I’ve seen many spoofs of NYC MTA service posters,…

Printing with Taring Padi

Printing with Taring Padi

March 30, 2010

Here’s a little photo essay showing the printing process used by Indonesian print cooperative Taring Padi, including images from all stages of the process, from sketching to carving to printing….

Manifest Equality

Manifest Equality

March 1, 2010

We will be participating in a MANIFEST EQUALITY an exhibit which gathers together a diverse array of hundreds of the nation’s most talented visual artists under one roof to celebrate…

School as Art

School as Art

February 25, 2010

Since participating in a session called Pedagogies of the Periphery (organized by Rebecca Zorach) a few weeks ago at threewalls Gallery in Chicago I have been thinking through a lot…

Mail Art 4 Mumia

Mail Art 4 Mumia

February 9, 2010

Our friend Etta Cetera is working hard on a new project to support Mumia, here’s the info: Flood the White House – Mail Art 4 Mumia Mumia Abu-Jamal—The world’s most…

All The Instruments Agree

All The Instruments Agree

February 9, 2010

This is an essay written by Eric Triantafillou that is included in Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today. Eric wrote the piece as a provocation to political printmakers, asking all…

Haiti Will Rise Again

Haiti Will Rise Again

February 1, 2010

We are very happy to announce the release of the first print Dignidad Rebelde publishes, “Haiti Will Rise Again” designed by EastSide Arts Alliance. This image was created by ESAA…

Red de Espionaje

Red de Espionaje

January 29, 2010

A little while back I got an announcement from Magdalena Jitrik, one of the Argentine artists that had organized the Taller Popular de Serigrafía (who had designed and printed for…

Luba Lukova at Qbox Gallery

Luba Lukova at Qbox Gallery

January 23, 2010

In recent years I keep coming across the graphics and posters of Luba Lukova, and have been increasingly impressed with their clarity, directness, and graphic efficiency. Lukova edited and designed…

“Superheroes” Calendar

“Superheroes” Calendar

January 14, 2010

  This seems to be the year of political art calendars. I just came across this one, which looks great: New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) has just released Dulce Pinzon’s…

Copenhagen Banners

Copenhagen Banners

January 10, 2010

The 800 individual letters (in solar-panel font) that I helped to print for Katherine of SEA Change Gallery here in Portland were stitched together and made into banners in several…

Altervations

Altervations

January 6, 2010

“This is an altar created by young people in the Chicago neighborhoods of Humboldt Park and South Chicago. Altars like this one, memorializing an untimely violent death, are an all-too…

CIRA Japan 2010 Calendar

CIRA Japan 2010 Calendar

January 5, 2010

Our friend Kei from the Irregular Rhythm Asylum in Tokyo designed the very cool 2010 CIRA Japan calendar (CIRA is Japan’s largest anarchist archive). This years calendar has a theme…

Justice for Oscar Grant

Justice for Oscar Grant

January 2, 2010

by Jesus Barraza & Melanie Cervantes A year ago, early New Year’s Day in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police murdered unarmed, 22-year old, Oscar…

Norway or the Highway 1

Norway or the Highway 1

November 20, 2009

For the past week Chris Stain and I have been living, working, and teaching on a small island in Norway called Halsnøy! We’re at the Sunnhordland Folkehøgskule (a small arts…

BBU in NYC

BBU in NYC

October 9, 2009

My old friend Jasson Perez is making a name for himself in Chicago as 1/3 of the political hip-hop crew BBU (Bin Laden Blowin’ Up, or Black, Brown & Ugly)….

Explosive Expression

Explosive Expression

September 23, 2009

Another nice poster from Jared Davidson/Garage Collective in New Zealand. This one is an announcement for an upcoming art exhibition. Those in the NZ, check it out and let us…

Billionaires for Wealthcare

Billionaires for Wealthcare

September 22, 2009

The Billionaires for…. are a street theater group that have been present during the election cycles of the last ten years. Here’s some media pieces about the Billionaires current adaptation….

Pretty Revolutionary

Pretty Revolutionary

September 6, 2009

Karen Fiorito of Buddha Cat Press is working with Monet Clark to produce a series of silkscreens about the role of women in the recent Iranian protests. More info at…

Portraits of Courage

Portraits of Courage

August 14, 2009

Artist Gregory Moore has put up a nice collection of portraits he’s painted on his website. Each portrait is of a US soldier that has refused to fight in Iraq….

Cooperative Printshop

Cooperative Printshop

August 4, 2009

Here is some info about a print shop in Saint Louis, Missouri who are following a cooperative model. All Along Press is a cooperative art space specializing in letterpress, screenprinting,…

Mark Vallen prints

Mark Vallen prints

July 30, 2009

Mark Vallen, who is a painter and printmaker and runs the art-for-a-change blog, has a bunch of really nice prints for sale on his site. He just posted a Sandanista…

Iranian Graphics

Iranian Graphics

July 29, 2009

I stumbled on this design site, Belog, which has a great collection of Iranian graphics, including a bunch of very cool posters and book covers. Here’s the link to the…

Emory Douglas podcast

Emory Douglas podcast

July 27, 2009

Our friend Kazembe Balagun, who runs the blog Black Man with a Library, has just posted a podcast interview he did with Black Panther artist Emory Douglas. I’ve embedded it…

Persepolis 2.0

Persepolis 2.0

July 5, 2009

I just stumbled across this interesting site, a re-purposing of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis in an attempt to discuss recent events in Iran. I can’t say I agree with all the…

more mud….

more mud….

June 28, 2009

Hard to resist not doing more mud stencils after the energy that came out of the Tamms Year Ten mud stencil action in early June in Chicago. Here’s some new…

anakseribupulau

anakseribupulau

May 16, 2009

Here’s a relatively new site for an Indonesian project called Anakseribupulau, which seems to be a coalition of political art groups, including Taring Padi. Check out the site here. They…

Diego Rivera in Detroit

Diego Rivera in Detroit

April 23, 2009

Last evening I presented with Bec Young at The NorthStar Center in Lansing, MI. In the discussion following our presentation, one of the women in the audience (who happens to…

Carnell Hunnicutt, Sr.

Carnell Hunnicutt, Sr.

April 8, 2009

The Real Cost of Prisons site has recently put up a large collection of art by prisoner artist Carnell Hunnicutt, Sr. It’s pretty interesting stuff, Hunnicutt mostly takes existing texts…

WRAP Art

WRAP Art

April 6, 2009

I can’t remember if I posted something about this before, but either way, this is cool: The Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), a San Francisco-based homeless advocacy group, has posted…

Rome Travel Notes Pt. 2

Rome Travel Notes Pt. 2

February 13, 2009

While in Rome we took a couple trips to San Lorenzo, a working class neighborhood which is both the locus of current student activism, and the historical center of the…

Political Art Action in Moscow

Political Art Action in Moscow

February 4, 2009

This is a re-post from: http://boryana-rossa.livejournal.com/17089.html My friend Boryana, an artist from Bulgaria, keeps me informed about the political art scene in Russia and Eastern Europe. I took a long…

Stop Bombing Gaza

Stop Bombing Gaza

January 19, 2009

I have to say I’m quite impressed with the outpouring of art and design in support and defense of Gaza. It’s nice to see some skills flexed to do something…

Modern Chinese Woodcuts

Modern Chinese Woodcuts

December 29, 2008

Modern Chinese Woodcuts A few years ago I picked up a book of Chinese woodcuts, written in the early 80s, put out by a state press and updated in the…

Sock and Awe Game

Sock and Awe Game

December 25, 2008

Worth a whirl. Sock and Awe game, and try to hit Bush in the face. Again, the internet helps us live our fantasies, virtually.

Reappropriate the Imagination!

Reappropriate the Imagination!

December 12, 2008

Cindy Milstein has just put online a copy of the article, “Reappropriate the Imagination!,” which was published in Erik and my book Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority last year….

Installing with the Yes Men…

Installing with the Yes Men…

November 16, 2008

Astria Suparak, director of the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh), captured this touching moment as I helped hang one of two Haliburton SurvivaBalls in preparation for the Yes…

Art and Activism Slideshow

Art and Activism Slideshow

October 16, 2008

Jared Davidson from Garage Collective and Zoe Thompson-Moore, both from New Zealand, have just a cool video slideshow on art and activism they recently did. Check it out.

The Gift Cycle

The Gift Cycle

August 29, 2008

Here’s a cool project that my friend’s friends are working on: A duo of sweet cycling ladies who have initiated a project called The Gift Cycle, are on the final…

R&R Graphics in Guetemala

R&R Graphics in Guetemala

August 24, 2008

The political graphics in Reproduce & Revolt are slowly starting to spread out around the world! Above is a poster made by communities in San Marcos that are resisting Montana…

From Punk to Proudhon?

From Punk to Proudhon?

August 7, 2008

Jared Davidson of the New Zealand-based Garage Collective has posted a follow-up essay to his earlier piece we blogged about here: “This Is Not A Manifesto —Towards An Alternative Design…

Radical Cross Stitch

Radical Cross Stitch

May 7, 2008

So, I’ve been trying to learn to sew for the past month, and it has been a both frustrating and very rewarding endeavor. My friend Kat got me started and…

Trip to Bethlehem (Swoon)

Trip to Bethlehem (Swoon)

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April 29, 2008

Last winter I was able to travel to Palestine with the Santa’s Ghetto project, put together by Banksy and the folks at P.O.W. The project consisted of a show, on…

What will change?

What will change?

March 31, 2008

Seen around Bed-Stuy, historically predominant African-American neighborhood, in Brooklyn, NY. Begs the question… The neighborhood has been forgotten and downright neglected by city institutions for decades, yet in recent years…

Iraq War: 5 Years Later

Iraq War: 5 Years Later

February 12, 2008

Thai artist Vasan Sitthiket is showing a series of new paintings about the Iraq War 5 years on at the National Art Museum in Jakarta, Indonesia. The show opens March…

Artists At War

Artists At War

February 10, 2008

Here’s a new art site trying to grapple with the fact that we’re 5 years into a never-ending war, and most of us have moved on to pretend that it…

CRAFTING PROTEST!

CRAFTING PROTEST!

January 23, 2008

Crafting Protest http://www.newschool.edu/eventDetail.aspx?id=13844 01/26/2008 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Many contemporary artists are using craft to make diverse and timely political statements. Because creating crafts is so often social and…

Memorial Bike RIde-update

Memorial Bike RIde-update

January 8, 2008

Photo by Fred Askew The 3rd Annual Memorial Bike Ride went as planned on Sunday, January 5th. There were around 250-300 cyclists that attended the rides that eventually converged on…

Bestiary Calendars

Bestiary Calendars

December 8, 2007

I guess it’s definitely calendar season. An old friend from Chicago (who now lives in Puerto Rico), Dave Buchen, has been hand printing these great animal linoleum cut calendars every…

WRAP Posters

WRAP Posters

November 25, 2007

WRAP (The Western Regional Advocacy Project) is a homelessness advocacy group that has realized the power art has in spreading a message. For the past year or so they have…

Europe Communique #1: YNKB

Europe Communique #1: YNKB

November 12, 2007

Our hosts, Finn and Kiersten, in Copenhagen ran a great little space called YNKB. Josh gave a talk/slideshow there on political printmaking. Located in the diverse working class Outer Northern…

Welcome!

Welcome!

July 17, 2007

Welcome to the new online home of Justseeds / Visual Resistance Cooperative! 13 artists from across the US, joined by NYC’s Visual Resistance collective, have banded together to create this…

JustSeeds needs your help!

JustSeeds needs your help!

December 21, 2006

For 10 years, JustSeeds has been a critical resource for radical artists working outside the “art world” system. In the process of becoming a decentralized artist-owned cooperative, the floor suddenly…

Good karma

Good karma

December 9, 2005

This email from Shaun in Pittsburgh came our way via the Street Art Workers email list: I thought this was interesting, and a positive example of what happens when we…

X-Giving

X-Giving

November 24, 2005

I’m not big on holidays in general, and the whole Thanksgiving-to-Chistmas season, with its frantic consumerism, stressful travel, and insipid jingles tends to make me a mumbling misanthropic mess. But…

Pure Horror

Pure Horror

September 1, 2005

The scenes from New Orleans are heartbreaking and bring back horrible memories of New York on September 11. But where that tragedy was an instant shock, the full toll from…

Fixed

Fixed

August 30, 2005

VisualResistance.org is back online ,with some changes; most notably a new intro page with quick links to projects we’ve been involved in. This blog is only a small part of…