“Signs of the Times”: The Pieces (55-58)

November 24, 2011 Human need, not Wall Street greed.

November 24, 2011
Human need, not Wall Street greed.

November 25, 2011 The love of people is the flower of all good.

November 25, 2011
The love of people is the flower of all good.

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.

November 26, 2011 Spank the banks, pepper spray the Fed.

November 26, 2011
Spank the banks, pepper spray the Fed.

November 27, 2011 Please don't beat me!

November 27, 2011
Please don’t
beat me!

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 collages incorporate the slogans and signage that got the occupiers’ messages across, along with photographs and 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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