Give and Give and Give
Aluminum, acrylic,, plastic, Jewelite, electronics, software
60.5 x 31 x 8.5 inches
Edition of 3
Required Reading: Printed Material as Agent of Intervention
October 3 – December 15, 2012
Opening reception: Wednesday, October 3, 6-8pm
Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor, New York
Curated by Yaelle S. Amir
Required Reading: Printed Material as Agent of Intervention presents fifteen projects that range from published books and correspondence to performance and video documentation, and are meant to challenge a political or social issue. The works in this exhibition demonstrate the ability of printed materials to act as symbols of ideologies and beliefs. They are used by the participating artists as social agents–intervening in public space to expose an audience to new opportunities and alternative concepts. In a culture where visual noise is inescapable, printed matter provides an opportunity to pause, grasp, ruminate, and pass along. We use it to educate ourselves and others, to create a gash in a stagnant situation, articulate a new context, and imagine our society as it can and should be.
AREA Chicago (Samuel Barnett, Euan Hague, Jayne Hileman, Dave Pabelllon, Daniel Tucker, and Rebecca Zorach)
Marisa Jahn (REV-) with Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center
Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden
Steve Lambert and Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men (with 30 writers, 50 advisors, 1,000 volunteer distributors, CODEPINK, May First/People Link, Evil Twin, Improv Everywhere, and Not An Alternative)
Lize Mogel with Mara Cherkasky, John Cloud, and Ryan Shepardt
Queerocracy and Carlos Motta
Occupied Newspapers (The Boston Occupier, The Occupied Times of London, The Occupied Oakland Tribune, Occupy Pittsburgh Now, and The Occupied Wall Street Journal)
S.W.A.M.P. (Matt Kenyon with Doug Easterly)
Temporary Services, Tamms Year Ten and Sarah Ross
Sam Gould and Red 76 will be at the NY Art Book Fair this weekend. At their booth you can pick up the new Journal of Radical Shimming, which includes Abbie Hoffman’s “Fuck The System” and I wrote a new introduction for it. Which I think is pretty good.
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City (Queens), NY
Preview: Thursday, September 27, 6-9 pm
Friday, September 28, 12-7 pm
Saturday, September 29, 11 am-9 pm
Sunday, September 30, 11 am-7 pm
The LA Weekly ran a piece about my solo show at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles. You can read the whole thing at the LA Weekly site.
September 12, 2012
If you’re curious about what happens with “Capitalism Works For Me! True/False” out in the world, here’s some answers.
This video is part of “It’s Time to Fight and It’s Time to Stop Fighting” my solo show at Charlie James Gallery. It’s installed next to the Capitalism Works For Me! True/False sign and meant to show what happens outside the context of a gallery.
It’s Time to Fight and It’s Time to Stop Fighting
September 15 – October 20, 2012
Opening Reception: September 15, 2012, 7-10pm
Charlie James Gallery
969 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012
WED – SAT, 12 – 6 PM
Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present It’s Time to Fight, and It’s Time to Stop Fighting, the second solo show by gallery artist Steve Lambert.
The center piece of Lambert’s upcoming show is Capitalism Works For Me! True/False, which is on a nationwide tour of museums, non-profits and public spaces in 2011 and 2012. The sign has been exhibited in Cleveland, Boston, San Diego, and Santa Fe, NM so far this year, and its travels will continue after the gallery show concludes in October. The Capitalism project is among Lambert’s most ambitious to date, in both its scale and its level of provocation. The sign itself blares a question seldom posed so clearly, while also serving to divine public opinion and understanding about capitalism. At every stop on the sign’s aforementioned tour, Lambert interviews viewers about their experience of the piece, posing whether capitalism does in fact ‘work for them’. These video-captured testimonials illustrate how people define and understand capitalism, and their relationship to it.
Lambert will also present five new sign sculptures that amplify the question(s) posed in Capitalism. If the Capitalism project asks its question(s) to the vox populi, this group of five new sign sculptures speaks directly to the demographic of people equipped to acquire them. Reflecting a fresh awareness that a broad swath of corporate and individual 1%-ers have collected his work over three years of gallery exhibitions, Lambert has decided to create visual reminders, admonitions, and encouragements to those in positions to collect the work. Using combinations of neon and incandescent lights, one piece exclaims GIVE AND GIVE AND GIVE! Another reminds viewers to TELL THE TRUTH, while another one warns of the inverse relationship that can operate between WEALTH and HAPPINESS.
A book compiling the tour of the Capitalism project, including this gallery exhibition, is being compiled now and will be published in 2013.
Steve Lambert (b.1976 Los Angeles) is cofounder and director of the Center for Artistic Activism and recently accepted a faculty appointment to SUNY Purchase. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Sheldon Museum, the Progressive Insurance Company collection and the US Library of Congress, among others. He has collaborated with the Yes Men, winning awards from Prix Arts Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum, the Creative Work Fund, Adbusters Media Foundation, the California Arts Council, and others. Previous to his SUNY appointment Lambert was a faculty member at SMFA Boston, and a Senior Fellow at the Eyebeam Center for Arts and Technology before that. Lambert earned his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from UC Davis. Lambert lives and works in Beacon, NY.
July 18, 2012