Oxfam Australia’s Design for Change and Steve Lambert

September 2014

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

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People’s Climate March “Warm-up” at La Casita Verde

September 2014

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.

Organized by Brooke Singer and Stefani Bardin of La Casita Verde.

Steve Lambert Peoples Climate March Warm up at La Casita Verde photo

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United Nations report on advertising published

September 2014

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.

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WBHM Interview: Art Walk | Public Forum

September 2014

By Andrew Yeager

Steve Lambert WBHM Interview: Art Walk | Public Forum photo

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.

Listen online…

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“The Fine Art of Democracy” in WELD, Birmingham’s alt-weekly

Steve Lambert The Fine Art of Democracy in WELD, Birminghams alt weekly photo

by Walter Lewellyn

The police are here to protect us — true or false? Mass transit only helps poor people — true or false? Slavery is over — true or false? Jesus is more important than football — true or false?

These are just a few of the questions that form the centerpiece of a striking exhibition — part art installation, part game show, part town-hall meeting — that’s coming to downtown arts nonprofit Space One Eleven (SOE) for Artwalk weekend (Sept. 5-6). PUBLIC FORUM, the brainchild of conceptual artist Steve Lambert, blends the boundaries between art and democracy.

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Capitalism is behind at Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI

September 2014

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Signs of the times: Artist Steve Lambert aims to spark meaningful discussions at ArtWalk

August 2014

Steve Lambert Signs of the times: Artist Steve Lambert aims to spark meaningful discussions at ArtWalk photo

by Michael Huebner on Al.com

Be careful if you cross paths with Steve Lambert. He might entice you into a meaningful conversation.

At the very least, the New York artist will have you scratching your head when he shows up with signage at Space One Eleven gallery during the 2014 Birmingham Artwalk (Sept. 5-6).

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Generator Projects show

August 2014

The New York Times Special Edition will show at Generator Projects in Scotland.

FORM.PERFORM.REFORM
Opens 5th September 6th to 28th September, Thurs-Sun

Generator Projects
25/26 Mid Wynd
Dundee, Scotland
U.K DD1 4JG

Curators: James S Lee & Daniel Bruton with Holly Keasey

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On The Cover of Chronogram Magazine

August 2014

My work is on the cover of the August issue of Chronogram – a Hudson Valley, NY based art and culture magazine.

On The Cover: Steve Lambert

By Iana Robitaille

read the article here

Steve Lambert On The Cover of Chronogram Magazine photo

Sand Ocean Sky – The Commons

If there’s one thing Steve Lambert learned as an undercover security agent at Stanford University’s bookstore, it’s that anyone—a history professor, a freshman’s dad on Parents Weekend, an ex-felon—can try to steal a pen. After each incident, he would sit down with the offender and discuss the attempted theft often born of some psychological conflict, according to Lambert. The meetings tended to end constructively: “Maybe today can be a turning point,” he would suggest.

Lambert retired his badge years ago, but conversation remains at the core of his work. The artist/activist creates public pieces that ask viewers to consider their value systems as consumers. Advertising is a frequent subject. “I consider myself ‘media-agnostic,’” he says. “I use whatever material will work best for me.” For Lambert, this is signage; he critiques advertising using its own methods. Sand Ocean Sky—The Commons is one of a series of arrow signs Lambert fashioned and photographed around Los Angeles. The signs are witty—one reads “No Trespassing” outside of a gated home, another “You are Still Alive” beside a large cemetery—and consider how we perceive and value public space. Lambert also fights advertising with software—his web application Add-Art replaces online advertisements with art.

For Lambert, his work isn’t about feeding a message to his audience. It’s about discussion and exchange. “[In college] I would see art in galleries, stuff that looked fun to make, but not so fun to look at. It was great when I realized that art could be whatever I wanted it to be.” The desire to make art “fun” for both artist and audience has created works that require interactivity. Lambert’s piece Capitalism Works For Me! True/False is a giant traveling scoreboard, with two buttons inviting passersby to agree or disagree. It looks and feels like a game show: bright, colorful, competitive. But Lambert is more interested in stories than scores. He recalls one man who voted false in Times Square: “He was so frustrated with the broad inhumanity of economic inequality that all he could do was cry. For the piece to cause that kind of profound response felt like an incredible achievement far beyond what I ever expected.”

In 2008, Lambert collaborated with the Yes Men on The New York Times Special Edition, distributing 80,000 fake copies of only “best-case scenario” news across the country. “The point,” he says, “wasn’t to make all of those things a reality, but to enjoy walking toward them.” For Lambert, walking is talking. Lambert occasionally sets up a table with a hand-painted sign that promises, “I will talk with anyone about anything. Free!” The mobile table has proven popular; Lambert says discussions have run the gamut, from weather to Native American agricultural techniques. Whatever the subject, the artist wants to walk and talk with you.

Steve Lambert currently teaches in the New Media Program at SUNY Purchase and works from his studio in Beacon. Information on his work and upcoming exhibitions can be found on his site: Visitsteve.com.

video by Stephen Blauweiss

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Kickstarter Block Party

April 2014

Steve Lambert Kickstarter Block Party photo

I will have a photograph in the Kickstarter Blockparty art show.

Saturday May 3, 2014 | Noon to 6pm
Kickstarter HQ | 58 Kent St, Brooklyn NY
Rain or shine

Our inaugural art show includes a survey of work by artists who have used Kickstarter for every thing from public artworks, experimental publications, exhibitions, iPhone apps, new institutions, monographs, documentary films and newsprint editions.

Featured artists include: Marina Abramovic Institute, Marshall Arisman, Jeremy Bailey, Amanda Browder, Seth Indigo Carnes, Heather Hart, Steve Lambert, Ligorano Reese, Mary Ellen Mark, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mike Perry, Leon Reid IV, Richard Renaldi, Phil Stearns, Swoon, Howard Tangye, Spencer Tunick, Saya Woolfalk

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