“Signs of the Times”: The Pieces (1 & 2)

October 1, 2011 I'd rather have dangerous freedom than peaceful slavery.

October 1, 2011
I’d rather have dangerous freedom than peaceful slavery.

October 2, 2011 Occupy common sense!

October 2, 2011
Occupy common sense!

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 1, 2011 (detail)

October 1, 2011 (detail)

October 2, 2012 (detail)

October 2, 2012 (detail)

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.

District Gallery
740 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213)814-7164
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“Signs of the Times” Opens

“Signs of the Times,” a new exhibit of collages inspired by Occupy L.A., opened with a reception for artist Stephen Seemayer at the District Gallery on Friday, April 26, 2013.

Accompanying the works — which include images and slogans of the Occupy movement, along with the pages of the L.A. Times from the days of the occupation (October-November 2011) — is a video by Seemayer and his “Young Turks” collaborator, Pamela Wilson, documenting their experiences visiting the protestors nearly every day.

Signs of the Times continues through May 26.

District Gallery
740 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213)814-7164
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Inspired by Occupy L.A.

Artist StatementStephen Seemayer: Signs of the Times opened this week at the District Gallery in Downtown L.A. The exhibit includes 63 one-of-a-kind framed pieces inspired by Occupy L.A., a 5-minute movie of photos and video of the protest that took over the City Hall lawn in the fall of 2011, and the artist statement pictured above, which explains Seemayer’s experience of the historic event.

Signs of the Times continues through May 26.

District Gallery
740 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213)814-7164
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Occupy the Arts District!

signs flyer for weboccupy flyer backArtist Stephen Seemayer will exhibit new works based on the tumultuous two months of Occupy L.A., when activists took over the City Hall lawn demanding greater economic equality for the 99%.

During October and November 2011, Seemayer and his wife, photographer 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 Civic Center. The protestors were not only showing solidarity with their brethren of Occupy Wall Street in New York, they were also pressing for more fairness and compassion for working class Americans. They urged a shift in values and a closing of the rift between the 1% of the wealthiest in our society and the rest of the American people who are facing foreclosures, unemployment and loss of benefits in this era of rampant corporate greed.

signs of the times poster for webSeemayer’s energetic collages incorporate the slogans and signage that got the occupiers’ messages across, along with photographs of life on the lawn and with graphic stencils of raised fists and other revolutionary symbolism. Each is built on a reconstructed front page of the local paper of record, the Los Angeles Times — which is headquartered coincidentally across the street from City Hall — for each of the 61 days of the occupation and for the last night when thousands of police in riot gear and hazmat suits stormed the site and evicted the protestors.

The exhibit opens at the District Gallery in Downtown L.A. on Thursday, April 25, 2013, and runs through May 26.

AN ARTIST’S RECEPTION WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, APRIL 26, FROM 7-10 P.M.

STEPHEN SEEMAYER SIGNS OF THE TIMES
April 25-May 26, 2013
District Gallery
740 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213)814-7164
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Tricked Out Kicks @ Crewest Gallery

Opening night at Crewest Gallery (2011)

My sneakers are a reflection of my art, whether they are paint-spattered, burned or caked in dirt and mud. I have saved nearly all my used sneakers over the years, and recently, I started purposely painting on my shoes with the stencils and spray paints I use to make my L.A. Blue Bum paintings. Then I took it a step further and began creating brightly colored whimsical paintings on my old pairs of sneakers, incorporating their age and relative state of disrepair. I call them my Tricked Out Kicks. I wear them to openings and art events, and for the Art of Transportation exhibition at Crewest Gallery in downtown L.A., I was asked to exhibit some of them. Instead of a traditional display, I decided to show them in a way that fit the theme of the graffiti-inspired show and reflected the personality of my Echo Park neighborhood: I hung them from electrical cables strung across the gallery 14 feet off the ground.

Crewest Gallery

The 'Tricked Out Kicks' installation at Crewest Gallery.

The 'Tricked Out Kicks' installation at Crewest Gallery. (2011)

Assembled shoes in the 'Tricked Out Kicks' installation.

Have You Seen My Privacy?

In the spirit of the Getty Foundation-sponsored project “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” the 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica enlisted artists to create exhibitions commemorating California’s influential contemporary art movement. “Have You Seen My Privacy?” curated by artist Richard Newton, incorporated paintings, video, installations, ephemera and correspondence into a series of exhibits by artists whose work examines personal identity in this increasingly technological age. There were also weekly public discussions with the artists involved. Newton asked me to show examples of my work that explore issues of the loss of privacy, identity and depersonalization. I chose life-size photo blowups of my “Burning Mask” series — a performance in which I crawled in an alley wearing a flaming triangle mask — and my “Unit in Orange” performance — in which I marched around a gallery with a number shaved onto my head and an aborted human fetus cupped in my hands. I also set out three “Body Bags” on the floor of the gallery and two “Buddha on Money Bags” meditation mats. On the evening of my public discussion, I previewed “Being Human,” an 11-minute video documentary on my nearly 40-year career.

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Captions: Above: (L to R) ‘Buddha On Moneybags’ c. 1995 (Under) Body Bags c.1998. (To Right) Unit In Orange c. 1978. (Below) Stephen Seemayer wearing fire mask c. 1978. (Below) Installation shot at 18th Art Gallery.

Richard Newton’s Website 
Richard Newton’s Video Channel
Richard Newton’s Watching In The Dark
18th Street Art Center/Gallery