charlene tan: happymeal

paper sculpture with box and tag

As a child of immigrants, assimilating and culture shock come naturally as breathing. Accepting and having the American taste for fast food came as a hallmark of socio-economic assimilation, a badge of honor. An example of this “badge of honor” can be found in the “Happymeal” marketed to children by offering toys and junk food.
Charlene Tan is an artist who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Houston, Texas she spent most of her childhood in the Philippines only to go back to San Francisco to begin her education. She is a 2010 History of Contemporary Art BA candidate at San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been shown at The Intersection for the Arts, The Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, [2nd Floor Projects], and Southern Exposure. Her practice is diverse, sculpture to performance work investigating topics on assimilation, consumer culture, phobias, and socio-political passivity.


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.

alison pebworth: occular recovery packet

Occular Recovery Packet
Individually wrapped “Vintage 2004” 4-piece (pin, pamphlet, mini-chart, registration form) Promotional Packet for the Society for Occular Recovery
$8 each

Alison has been making “street side” projects locally and nationally since 2004 under the rubric of the Roadside Show & Tell, a series of interactive roadside attractions and related projects created in the spirit of the 19th century American traveling show. In 2006, she traveled cross-country for eight months developing Looking for Lost America, a research project of the Roadside Show and Tell. This trip was the inspiration for Beautiful Possibility, her current traveling exhibition and research project that took her on a five-month tour to eight venues across northern United States and southern Canada. The Center for Cultural Innovation has supported the Beautiful Possibility project through a Planning Grant (2007), Implementation Grant (2008) and Artistic Innovation Grant (2010). Southern Exposure in San Francisco launched Beautiful Possibility with an exhibition and printed catalog in Spring 2010.

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.

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.