The seeds of the Poster Project presents were planted in the Fall of 2011 at Zucotti Park in New York City, then the locus of the Occupy Wall Street movement. I was teaching at a university nearby and visited Zucotti park a couple of times. I was sympathetic to the cause but was unable to be an "Occupier." A question I had was - How can one contribute to this movement without being an "Occupier?"

 

I was surprised at how unvisual the protest was. Most of the protesters were sporting handmade signs on sheets of cardboard. It was on a subsequent visit that I noticed a silkscreen station popped up on the site, the OWS Print Lab. The artist at the station where silkscreening T-shirts with graphics and slogans such as - I am the 99% and Occupy Wall Street. I thought this was a great idea. Artist were producing graphic material on site at Zucotti Park and getting  the message out beyond that location.

 

It was a few months later that I discovered the website for Occuprint, that "... collects, prints and distributes posters from the worldwide Occupy movement." Hundreds of artists from around the world had submitted posters in the form of PDF's for people to freely access and download. I felt this was a way for me to contribute to this movement in a very small way. I submitted a poster and Occuprint accepted it. The process of making the poster was a revelation for me. At that point most of my studio work began on the computer toward the making of paintings. I realized that I could take a "left" instead of a "right" turn at "the fork in the road" to go else where. Soon after discovering Occuprint I found other poster projects such as the one that was part of Utopia Station for the 2003 Venice Biennale. 

 

The first posters I produced as part of my practice came in 2013 as part of the Times Square Ring of Steel project. This project addressed surveillance in New York City by the production of images of individuals taken from webcams in Times Square. The images were filtered with a halftone pattern that suggested print material so I decided take make posters in addition to the paintings I had planned to produce. 

 

Shortly after making my first suite of posters I produced a poster portfolio in 2013 entitled Immigration with contributions by artists from countries such as Morocco, Mexico, Germany, Israel, The Philippines, and Nigeria. The second poster  portfolio, I AM ... produced in 2015, presents works by men of African dissent responding to the recent violence and against Black men in the United States. After producing my first posters and portfolio I saw the project's potential for growth beyond my specific needs and how it could be a forum for artists to address cultural issues of the moment.

 

Louis Cameron, 2015

 

 

 

THE ORIGINS OF THE POSTER PROJECT PRESENTS

© 2015 Louis Cameron

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