Ada Reso, one of the artists that I met recently from the Slavers of NY sticker project, was in Albania earlier this year and sent me some political stickers from an artist there who goes by the name “Sherebel.” I reached out to see if Sherebel and I could meet on Zoom so she could tell me more about her work. First, here is the bio she sent me. Artist biography Livia Tice, aka „Sherebel“ (art & street name), is a 22 year old genderfluid & queer identifying person from Tirana, Albania. She is a writer, a slam poet, a…
Possible sticker show in NYC!
There is a chance I might be able to show stickers from my collection at an artists’ collective gallery in NYC next February-March 2013! I can’t say where exactly yet until the artists in the group confirm the idea, but the director of the gallery is very positive. I met with him on Wednesday, and we spent over an hour talking through different ways to approach the project in ways that would be a good fit with the well-known street artists in the collective (inc. Faust and others). Brian, the director, suggested we show individual stickers on the wall rather…
Rare S.D.S. stickers
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After hearing my talk at the CAA conference last week, Fred Lonidier from UCSD sent me four S.D.S. stickers that date back to the late 1960s/early 1970s. I’ve never seen anything like these before, but found that Kent State in Ohio has a box of S.D.S material in their Special Collections Library described as: Here is an anti-Vietnam War sticker that Fred sent. And this sticker with a quote by Bertolt Brecht seems fitting for the Occupy movement forty years later, doesn’t it?
STUCK UP and “They Live”
My “I’m Sorry (George W. Bush)” sticker is included in an exhibition entitled STUCK UP, A Selected History of Alternative & Pop Culture Told Through Stickers, which opens on January 20, 2012, and runs through March 3, 2012, at Maxwell Collette Gallery in Chicago. The exhibition, which was curated by DB Burkeman, draws from his extensive personal collection and: “provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the expanding role that stickers have played in popular culture over the past four decades. ‘STUCK UP…’ features stickers from Street Art legends (Banksy, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Space Invader, KAWS), and internationally lauded contemporary…
A few people have asked to see installation shots of DE VIGUEUR et DE VERVE at Fresh Paint Gallery in Montréal (hello, Oli and Nada!), so here is a set of photographs on my Flickr site and a nice collection from flippybits. The gallery space there is gorgeous with big windows on three floors facing out on the streets. So much daylight made it difficult to get good photographs, but I’m going back up on Saturday and will try to take some better ones. Don’t you like my OWS-style signage?! I am also stickerkitty.com now having paid the Man for…
DE VIGUEUR et DE VERVE! press release
Hatch Kingdom | Stickerkitty International Sticker Exhibition DE VIGUEUR et DE VERVE! Fresh Paint – Peint Frais Edition III Hatch Kingdom, the only sticker museum in the world, has collaborated with Catherine Tedford, a.k.a. Stickerkitty, to present an exhibition of street art stickers and photographs from Berlin and New York City, with additional pieces from cities across Europe and North America. As part of a larger exhibition entitled Edition III, which includes work by contemporary muralists, graffiti artists, photographers, and others, the international sticker exhibition will be on display at Fresh Paint Gallery, Montréal, Québec, from December 2, 2011, through…
A beautiful spring day…
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… and I spent a good portion of it working on my sticker database. After weeks of a few sporadic hours here and there to pull everything together, I can now account for about 2,700 individual digital image files for stickers scanned thus far. The most difficult part in this whole process is finding where the files are located across too many different folders on different servers at SLU. My fault. I also have a bad habit of assigning “Final” to whatever documents/projects I’m working on, and if they get revised, I put “FinalFinal.” Or “FinalFinal-Use this one.” And “Final-old”…
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My proposal to give a paper at the international Arts in Society conference in Berlin in May 2011 was accepted. Here ’tis. Other accepted proposals are here.
A good weekend
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Hello, Rizzoli!!!!!!!! Or Taschen in a pinch. I spent several hours this weekend organizing stickers for my upcoming SK STKRZ monograph. I wonder if one can win a worthy Nobel for STICKERZZZZZZZZZZZZZ? Or a MacArthur? Ha. Ya never know. (Yeah, right.) The big question? How to combine the NYC and Berlin stickers in one book? That is the trick, but I will figure it out.
Sometimes/all the time
“Sometimes the pencil is stronger than I am” is my favorite quote right now from an Inuit artist, Suvinai Ashoona. I can kind of relate. Sometimes stickers and street art have such a strong presence and force, stronger than me. Well, not sometimes. All the time. I hope that’s not too weird. I love the creativity, the hope, the commitment, the optimism. That people will notice. That people will care.