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laura splan: mirror mirror

Mirror Mirror
full-color book
$20

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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).
laurasplan.com

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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
$3

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.
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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
$20

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.
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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”
$8

Printed in conjunction with the artist’s show ‘Dark Mirror’ at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, in 2009.
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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
$3

“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.
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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)
$10

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

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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: community consensus manifesto

Community Consensus Manifesto
28 pages, 4.25″x5.5″, black and white with a lava red cardstock cover
$2

In July 2007, at First Fridays Street Fair (Art Murmur) in Oakland, we took a poll asking respondents whether they agreed or disagreed with statements from historical art manifestos such as Dada, Surrealism, Furturism, and Stuckists. We asked them to rate their responses from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.” Based on their responses, we created the Oakland Community Consensus Manifesto.

The CCM zine includes charts and graphs showing the responses, as well as our detailed analysis of the results, our methodology, and the final product of the questionnaire: a 10-point art manifesto of the Oakland First Friday Street Fair (at least for that month).

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Art for a Democratic Society, an organization based in Oakland, California that combines aspects of traditional grassroots political organizing with participatory performance art and social practice techniques.