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laura splan: mirror mirror

Mirror Mirror
full-color book

Laura Splan’s conceptually based work employs a wide variety of materials and processes. She appropriates found images and objects from both institutional and vernacular sources. The result evokes conflicting responses that fluctuate between comfort and discomfort, humor and darkness, recognition and confusion. Splan’s work has been exhibited at the New York Hall of Science (NYC), Museum for Arts & Design (NYC), PM Gallery (London), Jönköpings County Museum (Sweden) and Caren Golden Fine Art (NYC).

art for a democratic society: iraq war activity book

Iraq War Activity Book: Shock and Draw Edition
8.5″x5.5″, 20 pages, black and white, with khaki cardstock cover

Our new expanded Anti-war activity book includes 7 coloring pages, 2 mad libs, a crossword puzzle, a word find, “one of these things is not like the other,” a maze, a jumble, a connect-the-dots, and “help Bush redraw the map of the Middle East.” Designed for adults, some of the activities may be too difficult for younger children.
Art for a Democratic Society is an organization based in Oakland, California that combines aspects of traditional grassroots political organizing with participatory performance art and social practice techniques.

matthew rana & rick butler: the autobiography of ernest patrick butler

The Autobiography of Ernest Patrick Butler: His Battles with God, Life and Self

Comic Book

Ernest Patrick “Rick” Butler makes his living selling handmade crocheted hats at the MacArthur BART station in Oakland, California where he lives with his dogs Mama and Little One. This 16 page autobiographical comic book, produced in 2009 in collaboration with artist and writer Matthew Rana, chronicles major events during Rick’s life since he began living outside.
Matthew Rana is an artist and writer whose research considers historical and representational problematics through narrative and performativity. His projects have been shown throughout the United States as well as in France, Sweden and Italy. He holds an MFA in Social Practice and an MA in Visual & Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He is currently a participant in the Independent Study Program at the Valand School of Fine Arts in Göteborg, Sweden. http://www.guerreatelier.org

marci washington: dark mirror zine

Dark Mirror Zine
small handmade black and white zine, 5.5” x 8”

Printed in conjunction with the artist’s show ‘Dark Mirror’ at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, in 2009.
Marci Washington graduated with an MFA from CCA in 2008 and is represented by the Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco, where her next show will be in April 2011. www.marciwashington.com

art for a democratic society: if you give a gay mouse a cookie

If You Give a Gay Mouse a Cookie
24 pages long
8.5″x5.5″ with color cardstock cover and black and white interior

“A Fable About Mice, Baked Goods, and Civil Rights”
Ever read the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?” It’s a classic children’s book, and while the illustrations are great we always thought the message was pretty cynical. This is our parody/riff on that story, using the familiar narrative to create an allegory about the gay rights movement, and civil rights movements in general. Ours is probably not best for children – maybe older children or read it with your children so you can help them understand it.

We based our story on a quote from the protests in Paris 1968, “With the eating, comes the hunger.” The idea being that in any political struggle, the more you win, the more you fight. So if you give a gay mouse the right to get married, then it might challenge traditional marriage, gender norms, cause people to fight for healthcare and childcare, lead to immigration reform – basically open up a revolutionary can of worms. As we’re in favor of opening up that can of worms, we made this zine to illustrate the idea.

Featuring Steve’s adorable mouse drawings.
Art for a Democratic Society is an organization based in Oakland, California that combines aspects of traditional grassroots political organizing with participatory performance art and social practice techniques.

hilary pecis: cut & paste (paper dolls)

Cut & Paste (Paper Dolls)

A booklet of images that can be cut out and repositioned like a paper doll book.

Hilary Pecis’ work is a depiction of landscapes influenced by Internet, television and other media sources. Images from the internet are extracted and reassembled into a surrogate landscapes. With an interest and focus on the interchangeability of images and the capability to perceive and ignore them, Pecis draws attention to how we are conditioned by the media’s overwhelming supply of information. Hilary received both her BFA and MFA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has exhibited her work across the US and Europe, at such galleries as Roberts and Tilton in Los Angeles, Morgan Lehman in New York, Samson Projects in Boston, Catherine Clark in San Francisco and will be having an exhibition at Guerrero Gallery Febuarary 2011. hilarypecis.com

art for a democratic society: ultimate manifesto set

Ultimate Manifesto Set
5″ x 6″
$10 / set
Set of 10 zines includes

Historical Manifesto Set:
#1 – the 1909 Futurist Manifesto by F.T. Marinetti. Neon red cardstock cover, black and white, 16 pages.
#2 – a mini-zine compilation of short visual manifestos, including: the 1984 “Why Cheap Art?” manifesto by Bread and Puppet Theater, the “Fluxus” Manifesto of 1963 by George Maciunas, the 1965 “Fluxmanifesto on Art Amusement” by George Maciunas, and the recent “Micromentalist Manifesto.” Neon green cardstock cover, black and white, 12 pages.
#3 – the 1924 “Le Manifeste du Surrealisme,” by Andre Breton. Neon blue cardstock cover, black and white, 16 pages.
#4 – the 1999 Stuckist Manifesto by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson. Bright yellow cardstock cover, black and white, 6 pages.
#5 – the famous 1916 Hugo Ball Dada Manifesto. Hot pink cardstock cover featuring Tristan Tzara, famous Dadaist, black and white, 5 pages.

Local Manifesto Set:
#1 – Chris Stroffolino, local Oakland artist’s, Emeryvilification Manifesto, which talks about the “Emeryvilification” (gentrification) of Oakland. Bright pink cardstock cover, black and white, 5 pages.
#2 – Art for a Democratic Society’s own Celeste Christie’s, Earnest Art Manifesto, which calls for more earnestness in art. Neon blue cardstock cover, black and white, 8 pages.
#3 – Art for a Democratic Society’s own Steve Damewood’s, Rude Mechanicals Manifesto, which is for anger, not irony, and against postmodernism. Bright yellow cardstock cover, black and white, 22 pages with black and white illustrations.
#4 – S.R. Kucharski, local Bay Area artist’s, Tomorrowism Manifesto, a prescription for Artistic Direction Indecision. Bright orange cardstock cover, black and white, 11 pages.

And “So You Wanna Write a Manifesto?”:
This guide discusses why we like to talk about manifestos, types of manifestos, and good ways to brainstorm ideas for your manifesto. It also includes a mini-workbook with questions that are sure to get you thinking, and 4 improv manifestos. Red cardstock cover, 16 pages, black and white.

Art for a Democratic Society is an organization based in Oakland, California that combines aspects of traditional grassroots political organizing with participatory performance art and social practice techniques. With the goal of creating a public space for the discussion of art and its relation to politics and society, we hold a monthly event called “Street Salon”. At this event we engage art gallery audiences in interactive art projects and solicit their participation in polls about art and politics. Link here.

amy franceschini: free soil reader

Soft cover book with silkscreened cover
$30 each

A collection of historical and contemporary ephemera, essays and interviews about alternative, “radical” forms of education and learning.
Amy Franceschini, artist and founder of Futurefarmers, constructs frameworks that encourage formats of exchange and production, many times in collaboration with other practitioners. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between humans and nature. Her projects reveal the history and currents of contradictions that emerge relating to this divide, collectively challenging systems of exchange and the tools we use to “hunt” and “gather”. Using this as a starting point, her work often provides a playful entry point and tools for an audience to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry – not only to imagine, but to participate in and initiate change in the places we live.

ray beldner: counterfeit catalog

16 page catalog
$ 25.00 each

The catalogs are about the series, Counterfeit. Contains an essay by Maria Porges, an artist statement, a CV, and 10 images from the series.

eden batki: laughter club

Laughter Club

Photos I made while visiting Los Angeles Area Laughter Clubs.

Eden Batki was born in Syracuse, New York in 1975. She graduated with a BFA in Photography from the University of Washington School of Art in Seattle. Eden’s body of work explores the hidden beauty of austere landscapes and the people who inhabit them. Travel is the main mode of inspiration for Eden. Her subjects include Hungarian Children’s Railway workers, people who exist on the other side of tourism, artists, musicians, and local teenagers in her neighborhood of Echo Park, Los Angeles. She has been commissioned by various magazines such as Architectural Record, Tokion, Anthem, Mass Appeal, Flaunt, Bust, City, Readymade, Surface, Venus, Out, Budget Travel, and Epitaph Records. She also shows her work in various galleries around the country.