I'm so proud to have posters from the VGoT collection be included in a very interesting special exhibit at the Portland Art Museum. The exhibit includes work by Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, even Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It is a huge honor to have my work recognized in this way: as a contributor to the discussion of food and politics. A very special thanks to museum curator Mary Weaver Chapin, PhD. The posters in the exhibit are "Keep 'Em Flying" and "Break New Ground", both are special screenprint editions and available in the Shop.
What is it about the power of these poster ads from the 30's to 40's? I started making this project because of the startling, subtle, emotive power of these images, even 60 years after they were created. I suppose you can see the earnestness of the images-- absolutely no irony-- and that's rare. I feel there's a craving among my generation and younger to go off and do something together. Just join up and make something happen-- not necessarily military (and I realize this is where that spirit is often channeled) but just to be purposeful and have a role. Thats pretty neat to think about. For me, I guess I participate by drawing pictures!
If you like powerful vintage posters, consider visiting the Portland Art Museum to see the exhibit "Feast and Famine: The Pleasures and Politics of Food". It's about how "artists use the topic of food and drink as a means to explore society, examine ritual, and advocate politically." Until May 4, my posters "Keep 'Em Flying" and "Break New Ground" will be included in the collection.
It was an honor last year and it is a pleasure again this year to help the folks at the Just Food Conference, happening this April 5-6 in NYC. The illustration is something I've been cooking-on since the beginning of my project: unexpected urban gardens, hopeful cities, and engagement with the diverse urban community. I'm so happy to put it to good use for this conference because this program focuses on all of these issues. Follow them on Facebook
"You Gonna Eat That?" my popular floursack towel print wasn't always about feeding chickens scraps. It started as a special poster illustration for the Funky Chicken Coop Tour in Austin, Texas. This little community group sweet talked me into making a poster for their 2011 tour and it was a big success! People all over the country collected the Funky Coop Tour print and now that poster is out of print. I just loved the chickens, so a bit later I reworked them into the towel print. Now I love telling that story, but I never really met the folks in Austin; what with the internet and all I find myself working with people that I never really ever get around to meeting. So last January I swung through Austin, Texas and was able to hang out with the gang: Michelle Hernandez and all the other fine folks behind the annual tour. Its going stronger than ever: http://austincooptour.org/ They can even help you have a Coop Tour in your town.