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January 22, 2004

{     Make ART Not WAR Poster Set     }    

The fabulous folks at Clamor magazine have teamed up with Faesthetic magazine (see November archived Dozens) to bring you 12 bitchin' posters guaranteed to piss off the warmongers in Washington. The Make ART not WAR series features some A-list talent, and the real knock-out punch is that you can score all 12 posters for $20 bucks (that's with shipping)! All of the posters are in an 11x17 format, and are printed in stark black and white. There's no missing the message, whether you're flying them at an anti-war rally or under glass on your living room wall. Here's who's fighting the good fight (in alphabetical order): brandon bauer * faile * shepard fairey * cody hudson * kozyNdan * josh macphee * ray noland * emily ryan * nicole schulman * upso * christine wong * john yates One of the first financial casualties of a wartime economy is support for the Arts, it's that "luxury" expense that everyone seems to abandon when it's time to tighten the belt. In doing so, we lose one of our most viable and critical means of communication with each other- the nearly universal expression of thought through art. Keep the thought flowing by supporting this effort, whether you're making art of your own or proudly displaying these posters. Intelligence is the only cure for ignorance.

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I've seen this posted a bunch of places and I just can't get into it. Maybe they look better fullsize but I really don't think any of the posters are really all that well designed. The Shepard Fairey one is a major disappointment in my book, especially considering the quality of work he typically produces. I think the UPSO one is probably the strongest, and I believe that is just recycled vector art from his site. Oh.. opinions are like assholes, I am one.

Posted by: Michael at January 23, 2004 10:16 PM

You're not an asshole for pointing out the truth. I think they look better displayed all at once, as a collage. Separately, only a couple of them hold up. Again, maybe once they're in your hand you'll feel differently, but it's hard to deny the thrown-together feel of most of these. I guess what I wanted to convey with the original posting was that it's the message that's taking center stage, not necessarily the artists, or, unfortunately, the artwork.

Posted by: Adam at January 24, 2004 12:06 AM

Agreed! I thought these were really going to be good at first, but then i noticed that they are "a fundraiser for Clamor and Faesthetic", which is weird. I would have thought the money would have gone to some anti-war fund or project. Maybe i misunderstand. Also, UPSO is always cool, and the "Weapons of Mere Destruction" is a nice slogan too, but I wish some were cooler, and I wish I knew what my money was going towards.

Posted by: seth at January 24, 2004 3:01 AM

In case you didnt think a veteran would be into such a topic, I like the work. I agree with the collage idea as well. It packs a bigger punch seeing the different styles together.

Posted by: paul at April 19, 2004 2:35 AM

Hi Guys... Better late than never, I guess. I'm one of the participating artists. I came across this page and wanted to respond -- no excuses, just dialogue.

To answer a question, Clamor and Faesthetic are independant publications. Indy media is related to war, esp the one we're in now (WMDs?). If you're not familiar with Clamor, supporting Clamor is pretty much supporting anti-war, anti-imperialist media.

Michael was disappointed with the design of the posters. I would like to point out that not all of the participating artists were designers. Not everyone saw the poster as a 'design problem,' you know? The message, after all, is to "make art."

P.S. As (I think) the only person on this page who's seen the printed pieces, I should mention that most pieces work well in the JPG file, but a few are pretty different on the printed page...

Posted by: christine wong at October 29, 2004 11:18 PM
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