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Image by Favianna Rodriguez

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It’s silly what will motivate me to pitch a story. This time, it was because I wanted to get Inkwork’s new book, Visions of Peace and Justice, a full color book with over 400 reproductions of political posters, for free. And of course I put in more labor than what I would have paid for the book!

But in proucing the piece, I met Lincoln Cushing an Doug Minkler, two key players in the Bay Area’s political poster circle.The SF Print Collective supported the story by supplying a very nice person to wheatpaste for me to gather that beautiful ambiance. I also finally met Favianna Rodriguez, an art crush of mine. This woman is powerful and she’s under 30!

A couple of interesting things happened in producing this piece. The first was when I spoke with Dee Dee Workman with SF Beautiful. I thought for sure she’d have some negative things  to say about political wheatpasters. But instead, she agreed with folks like the SF Print Collective and Rodriguez: the real problem is with corporate advertisers! The second was finding out that in fact, groups like SF Beautiful believe that those corporate posters are illegal!

Hopefully, I’ll have a print story on this topic soon.

Broadcast History:
KALW’s Artery
WAMC

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Artist Statement: In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt began a series of informal fireside chats, evening radio talks to the American public. He calmed fears over the Great Depression by offering a sense of hope and security.

Unlike the presidential addresses, this fireside chat is multi-vocal. “Talking bricks” reveal stories about Kearny Street Workshop’s multiple homes and multiple displacements: from the International Hotel to North Beach to basement of the Manilatown Senior Center to the California Flower Market. These stories expose the resilience of KSW’s community and our ability to turn any place into a home.

Production Notes: This installation couldn’t have happened without the collaboration team of Max Chen and Sue Pak. With their help, we were able to construct the fireplace with wood and chiseled foam (by Max), make the "talking bricks" with very inexpensive speakers and short elbow 1/8" plugs (again, Max), and apply the images to the "talking bricks" (by Sue). We also each chipped in our resources to "borrow" the more expensive materials (mp3 players and frames).

And with our varying degrees of working with KSW, were were able to learn more about KSW history and current incarnation.

Featured interviewees: Al Robles, poet; Bob Hsiang, photographer; Chris Huie, photographer; Curtis Choy, filmmaker; Jim Dong, co-founder and printmaker; Leland Wong, printmaker; Mark Izu, musician; Nancy Hom, poet and printmaker; Norman Jayo, poet and musician; and Zand Gee, graphic designer.

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Pacific Time
San Francisco Examiner (scroll down)

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