I was back at it for the first time since moving to Chattanooga. This time I needed to be sneaky.
The southern edge of Chattanooga city limits are along the border with Georgia. Across the border is the 14th Congressional District, where Marjorie Taylor-Greene is the representative and was up for re-election. She still won, of course, but I had to do my part.
There was no time for another poster. I adapted my poster design and created a new, second design. It’ll likely be a poster at some point.
For months, I continued adding posters in these two locations on Wylie Street on a regular basis. Then I’d sit on my patio and people watch. During daylight hours, there’s a steady flow of people here on the Atlanta Beltline biking and walking path. These locations became my LIES street galleries and I had a lot of eyes on my artwork.
I documented their destruction extensively too. I plan to be use those images in a future series of mixed media paintings. See the visual report posts for details.
Street art in a space like this will get tagged, and should get tagged. It’s a part of the public space. No one expressing themselves creatively can claim ownership of these spaces. The slow destruction of this type of work is normal. In my opinion, the weathering and tagging adds to the visual appeal of the medium overall. I think it’s beautiful and has amazing mixed media potential. Makes the creative gears in my mind turn.
My final response to my graffiti artist nuisance was to make more posters, and paste up more posters. A lot more!
Living across the street allowed me to work with precision timing. As you can see from these photos, it was a lot of fun. A few total strangers stopped by to show support. Some of them wanted to get involved, including a Canadian citizen in full support of my message. We had to work fast, but I still had time to document the activity.
I was quite pleased with this one. The location was perfect. High visibility, high impact. Right where the Beltline crosses Wylie St. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. Greg Mike covered it up with some of his same old shit. Guess, he liked the location too. I might post about it later when I present some of my thoughts on the Atlanta street art culture.
Here are some pictures of the installation. Pasted up during daylight, for a change.
Logistically, I started focusing my street art displays on one location. An old favorite. The wall across the street from my house on Wylie Street. The place I used for three of my four large scale paste up pieces. I posted about them years ago. You can find pictures here, here, and here.
This wall is ridged, which made it too difficult for pasting up the large-scale prints. Too much surface area. However, this would not be a problem with these new smaller posters. Therefore, I went to work making a large scale display.
In 2020 and 2021, I took the LIES targeted poster series to the streets of Atlanta. This work meant nothing if it wasn’t seen by the public. This was conceptual art as a graphic brand. It was also political protest art intended to make a sharp and direct point.
At this time, I ventured to a few popular hotspots around town (including the famed OutKast mural in Little Five Points) and, along with the help of a few friends, pasted up dozens and dozens of posters. Here are some of the documentation highlights.
Seriously, this guy. What a conservative scumbag. The poster outlines a few things. I believe all three of these are true. The first two are already facts. Entitled dickhead. Trump Fanboy. These are indisputable facts. The third is Future Prison Bitch. This comes after he’s prosecuted and convicted for sexual misconduct. Fingers crossed on that one.
Jim Jordan (AKA Gym Jordan) is the epitome of the guy that talks fast, talks loud, and talks often, but says nothing but a bunch of bullshit. He’s the guy who wears the yellow tie without a suit jacket. He does this to appear like a commoner. Ya know, a hard-working, no nonsense kind-of-guy. Total lie. This guy isn’t no nonsense, Gym Jordan is all nonsense. His simpleton moves can be seen a mile away. The photo I used below is his official congressional portrait. In other words, the best that it gets for this guy. It might be the only time he’s been seen in his suit jacket.
Gym Jordan is also a former wrestling coach at Ohio State University. He has been accused of participating in the cover-up of widespread sexual abuse in OSU’s wrestling program. One day this will eventually catch up to the caveman congressman. He’s not a smart as he looks, and he looks like an idiot.
“I like Ted Cruz more than most of my other colleagues like Ted Cruz, and I hate Ted Cruz.” – Al Franken
The insurrection of January 6, 2021 was the direct inspiration for the LIES Brand targeted poster series to feature someone other than Trump. Who has the honor of being the first target? Who else? Ted fucking Cruz.
As the 2020 election approached, I decided I had to write some protest songs. However, I make visual art, so I made my version of the protest song, the LIES Brand targeted poster series. This poster series is yet other tentacle of the LIES Brand: my very extensive, multi-media conceptual artwork.