“Steve Lambert, a conceptual artist […], is, depending on your perspective, a wry cultural critic or a loose cannon who must be stopped.” – Adweek Magazine
“Many artists aspire to be revolutionary, but Steve Lambert is truly original and radical.“ – Sarah Kirk Hanley, print curator
“He's an artist, activist, interventionist, teacher, leader, role model, and technology guru.“ - Michelle Levy, Elizabeth Foundation
"Steve Lambert – his person and his work – exists on a continuum in a long line of absurdist provocateurs hell bent on changing the world for the better one sincere, well-formed, slightly ridiculous gesture at a time." - Sam Gould, artist, Red76
“Steve Lambert has been a provocateur for over ten years now, and he continues to shock, inpire, and spur us to action” - Patrick Frank, author and art historian.
“That’s a wonderful spoof!” - Howard Zinn, historian, regarding Emma Goldman Institute for Anarchist Studies
This is the talk I gave at Grand Valley State University. During the Q&A I was first told I was a finalist for Art Prize, so that’s why none of the issues around the funding and giving away the prize are mentioned.
This is what I was thinking about and talking about in September 2014. Topics covered include:
And there are jokes.
Watch it here:
Last week I learned I was a jury pick for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Shortly after I found out I was on the short list for the public vote as well. At that point I had a shot at the $200,000 public vote prize, the $200,000 juried prize, and a 1 in 4 chance of winning a $20,000 jury prize for my category.
It’s a lot of money.
I didn’t enter ArtPrize with the hope of winning. I was curated into a show during ArtPrize. I had heard a bit about the contest and decided to give it a chance and have the piece reach an audience it may not otherwise. I was certain I had no shot at winning. I liked that my piece was understood and appreciated by critics and the public alike.
ArtPrize is hard to explain. It’s a project of Rick DeVos, who comes from a very wealthy family. How did they make that money? Founding Amway – Multi-Level Marketing, which is a polite term for a pyramid scheme. They’re married into the family behind Blackwater, the private military outfit. They’re against unions and advocate for school voucher programs. They’ve been major donors to Focus on the Family, Acton Institute, Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich’s campaigns. You may have read that article I sent last week, or about their unionbusting and plan to defund the Left in Mother Jones. (I encourage you to read them. It made my choice much easier.)
What bothers me the most is the DeVos family has, for generations, been on the wrong side of the fight for civil rights for LGBT people. And they back their opinions with millions in political money against civil rights. It’s a long story, but the end is: they haven’t changed.
Tomorrow night, I may win tens of thousands of dollars of their money. Read on…
Through Nov 23rd, the New York Times Special Edition is part of Unrest: Art, Activism, & Revolution at the Helen Day Art Center
Artists have been at the forefront of revolutions for centuries, producing work that has an immediate political impact, or is responding to civil unrest. This exhibition takes its inspiration from the Arab Spring, and looks at the impact that artists have on political and social reform in countries like Egypt, Yemen, Israel, Palestine, Iran, and the United States. Unrest looks at artists as activists, revolutionaries and visionaries.
They sent me the video, but my spanish is pretty bad. I asked them to subtitle it so I could share it with you. And they did!
Upper Space crashed the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, UK with the Capitalism Works For Me! True/False on the back of a flatbed. Watch the video:
Video by Lindsay Harris
Nestled in the basement of an abandoned high school in Beacon (New York) Design for Change found itself in artist Steve Lambert‘s studio chatting about art, his parents (a former Franciscan monk, and mother, an ex-Dominican nun), drumming circles and his recent project with ‘The Public Energy Art Kit’ (P.E.A.K), a collaboration with the Post Carbon Institute.
The Public Energy Art Kit is a large broadsheet of 14 posters specifically designed to help tackle climate change, energy inequality and fossil fuel dependency. Curated by Steve, the project asked 12 artists to interpret and visualise new climate change realities.
Originally posted on the Oxfam Australia Design for Change site
People’s Climate March “Warm-up” at La Casita Verde
Saturday, September 20th, 1-4pm
La Casita Verde, 451 Bedford Ave. at Division, South Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Join artists, scientists and activists at La Casita Verde for an afternoon of making the day before the People’s Climate March. We will collaborate on eye-catching signs to carry in the march based on your concerns, interests, hopes and dreams. Fun for all ages. Sign-making materials will be provided but donations encouraged.
Featured guests include: Steve Lambert, Natalie Jeremijenko, Marina Zurkow, Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, Valerie Tevere, Angel Nevarez, Cynthia Lawson-Jaramillo, Laura Nova, Heather Davis, Ann Fink among others.
The United Nations has published their report on advertising and it’s effect on cultural rights. (Download PDF). Last October I was invited to a meeting at the United Nations to contribute to the development of this document. The Special Rapporteur will present it in late October of this year.
Artist Steve Lambert likes to say his medium is “trouble.” That’s a creative way of saying he’s less interested in pretty pictures than in artwork that challenges the audience. Or in the case of his latest, work that forces them to examine their own views.
The New York-based artist is currently an artist in residence at Birmingham’s Space One Eleven gallery. This weekend he brings his work called “Public Forum” to Birmingham’s Artwalk. Steve Lambert spoke with WBHM’s Andrew Yeager about the piece.