Local artists protest war
in a weekend art action. In several locations around Chicago
neglected fences and boarded windows were reclaimed for sending a message
against war. The pieces were installed as a collaborative action designed
to beautify local spaces and stimulate critical
consciousness about war.
Because the work is likely to have a relatively short street life, it is
being documented and shown on this website.
Below is the original
call to action.
A Call for Action
To artists who want to create protest art against War.
The War against Iraq. The War on Drugs. The War on Terrorism. The War for
our minds, bodies and
spirit. The War on public education and social services. The War on Us.
Non-permission, plywood panel protest murals and paintings in
neighborhoods all over the city (alleys, old fences, boarded windows,
advertising spaces, any public space). The murals will get installed on a
day of action, documented and collected for publication (on the net and
imagine a newspaper style printing with a map indicating the mural
/painting locations and artists' statements against war. We want to post
the action details and photos on the net.
This action will be most successful if a lot of artists or artist teams
all over the city contribute in different
neighborhoods. We have studio space and some supplies for production. Who
is invited? Anyone with an idea and the drive to create a painting/
panel/installation against war.
for public art
Millions marching for peace all over the globe, direct action, Love, those
wonderful muralists from the 70's (80's and 90's) whose art was activism,
creative resistance and adding beauty to the world when it needs it most.
There is urgency to the timing of this project. Let's act quickly. We will
meet at 6:30 Tuesday, March 11
for a brainstorming session and planning meeting. We will look at some
slides, develop ideas, and
prepare for the workshop and production meeting. On Saturday March 15th we
will meet for a
production and studio workshop. We will have plywood panels, tools,
projectors and paint. Artists will
bring drawings and plans for execution. Weíll work together as a team and
you can take unfinished
panels home to finish before the installation date, tentatively set for
The next step:
Come to the meeting on Tuesday, March 11. Bring an idea. Bring a friend.
Look around your neighborhood, find sites for beautification or
Look for spaces that cry out for public art interventions.