“Signs of the Times”: The Pieces (19-22)

October 19, 2011 Drop student tuition, not bombs.

October 19, 2011
Drop student tuition, not bombs.

October 20, 2011 It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.

October 20, 2011
It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.

Each piece in Stephen Seemayer’s new show of artworks at District Gallery in Downtown L.A. is built on a reconstructed front page of the Los Angeles Times from each day of  Occupy L.A.

During October and November 2011, Seemayer and his wife, filmmaker Pamela Wilson, spent time nearly every day talking with and documenting the occupiers who were camped out in tents and makeshift shelters around L.A.’s City Hall.

October 21, 2011 Refuse consent.

October 21, 2011
Refuse
consent.

October 22, 2011 Viva la revolution.

October 22, 2011
Viva la
revolution.

The protestors were showing solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York, and pressing for fairness and compassion for working class Americans. They urged a shift in values and a closing of the rift between the wealthiest in our society and the “99%.”

Seemayer’s energetic collages incorporate the slogans and signage that got the occupiers’ messages across, along with photographs and graphic stencils of revolutionary symbolism.

Signs of the Times continues through May 26.

STEPHEN SEEMAYER
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
April 25 – May 26
District Gallery
740 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213)814-7164
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