New Work from Chris Crisis

Interesting parody on many US citizen's justification to bear arms. I always have found it interesting that we are more scared of each other than the government. This is especially true when one looks at the 2nd Amendment original purpose: to defend ourselves against our government.


Works by Rosemarie Fiore's

works by Rosemarie Fiore's

"I bomb blank sheets of paper with different fireworks including color smoke bombs, jumping jacks, monster balls, fountains, magic whips, spinning carnations, ground blooms, rings of fire, and lasers. As I work, I create imagery by controlling the chaotic nature of the explosions in upside-down containers. When the paper becomes saturated in color, dark and burned, I take it back to my studio and collage blank paper circles onto the image to establish new planes and open up the composition. I then continue to bomb the pieces. These actions are repeated a number of times. The final works contain many layers of collaged explosions and are thick and heavy."

More of her work here.

Iranian Rap Song/Video for Neda Agha-Soltan

Neda Agha-Soltan was an Iranian protester. She was recently shot to death by out of uniform members of Basij along with her music teacher. The Basij is a crackpot fundamentalist militia that is known to carry out violent acts against Iranian dissidents.

More about Neda Agha-Solta can be found on the BBC website.


FREE Film Showing


FREE Film Showing
Tuesday July 14th
Potluck begins 6PM
Film begins 7PM

At the Lucent Phoenix
Located in Gallery5

200 W. Marshall St.
Richmond, VA 23220

The Yes Men, a movie, follows a couple of anti-corporate activist-pranksters as they impersonate World Trade Organization spokesmen on TV and at business conferences around the world.

The story follows Andy and Mike from their beginnings with GWBush.com, and on to their tasteless parody of the WTO's website. Some visitors don’t notice the site is a fake, and send speaking invitations meant for the real WTO. Mike and Andy play along with the ruse and soon find themselves attending important functions as WTO representatives.

Delighted to speak for the organization they oppose, Andy and Mike don thrift-store suits and set out to shock their unwitting audiences with darkly comic satires on global free trade. Weirdly, the experts don’t notice the joke and seem to agree with every terrible idea the two can come up with.

Exhausted by their failed attempts to shock, Mike and Andy take a whole new approach for one final lecture.

The Yes Men is directed by Dan Olman, Sarah Price, and Chris Smith, whose previous credits include the 1999 Sundance Winner “American Movie.” It was released by United Artists.


Lift the closure

Hebrew version:

During the past two years, Israel has tightened the closure of the Gaza Strip, almost completely preventing passage of goods and people to and from the Strip. Human rights organizations in Israel: It is up to Israel to lift the closure on the Gaza Strip for the betterment of both sides. http://www.gisha.org/2years

Seen on ALR Design Blog

United Nations Resolution Visualization

"UNSC/R: this is the abbreviation for the United Nations Security Council Resolutions. These documents represent the decisions of the UN’s executive body. This massive amount of data (more than 1700 documents) doesn’t come in any organized form. The purpose of this project is to apply information design strategies to create visual maps of the Resolutions to help students in politics approach the subject of the UN."

The project was developed by Piero Zagami

More information can be found at Piero Zagami's blog


Rant on the Iranian election protest

I decided to write this blog in hopes of getting over feeling paralyzed with fear to effectively do something that could actually benefit my friends and family in Iran. I am beginning to feel compelled to do what many American folk singers have done in the past. To present a snapshot of what is historically happening. Updates on my progress will hopefully be published on this blog.

If you haven't already heard, the Iranian People - mostly organized by students - are protesting the obviously rigged Iranian election results, re-electing President Ahmadinejad. What is the most surprising, is how crudely they rigged them. It makes one wonder if those in power are really so naive to think that no one would notice. With record numbers turning out to the polls; there was a 63% to 34% percent win for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over his primary opponent, Hussein Moussavi. It shouldn't have been any surprise that the people would respond with massive demonstrations. Much of the demonstration organizing is accomplished using online tools such as YouTube and Twitter.

Note: In an admirable act of altruism, Twitter postponed their scheduled update in fear of disrupting the demonstrations since Iranians have restricted internet access, therefore, might not have the properly updated software to continue to utilize Twitter.

Iranian students impressive use of Twitter, YouTube and e-mail campaigns as tools to organize mass protests; is a model that organizers in the US should take note of. Many of the updates to orchestrate these admirable acts of defiance must be sent only minutes prior to the demonstration or the Iranian government might catch wind of them soon enough to react. Even with time restrictions, the attendance to these events are in the tens of thousands.

Updates on Twitter can be found at Tehran-based persiankiwi and Hussein Moussavi's twitter page. His most recent post: "I am prepared For martyrdom, go on strike if I am arrested."

Martyrdom culture is an interesting thing. The admiration of martyrs ensures that the more innocents whom are killed the larger the protest turn out will be. Therefore, the recent statements by Ali Khomeini for people not to hold demonstrations or they will be dealt with accordingly - next to the numerous deaths, beatings, torture and random searches - is thankfully only encouraging the protesters.

Awaiting Khomeini's statement at Friday prayer - of which students were asked not to attend by Mousavi - a student responded with:

"Saturday will be the biggest march to date probably, despite whatever announcement is made at Friday prayers.

I think something which those living outside Iran need to realize is that people here are not protesting because of a disapproval of the election outcome per say. Almost every individual has had a bad experience at some point with a Basij , a member of the security forces or a government official.

Whether it be a teenage party which they were attending being raided, harassed on the streets because of their clothes, visited by corrupt officials at work, or mistreated in a government office.

People are simply fed up, this is about far more than just the elections."

The important thing to note from this student is that last statement, ". . . this is about far more than just the elections." Iranian student organizers have been waiting for this opportune moment to make a powerful statement heard all around the world. However, they shouldn't have been forced to.

None of this bloodshed would have happened if it wasn't for the 1953 CIA staged coupe to overthrow the first democratically elected leader - both in the Middle-East and in Iran - Mohammed Mossadegh. He could have been the beginning of many reforms and a more democratic state. However, Mossadegh nationalized Iran's oil which upset the western world, whom was calling him a communist to justify their reintroduction of an aristocracy via the Shah.

But, now the revolution is hopefully happening again as many are drawing a direct parallel to the 1979 overthrow of the Shah. BBC correspondent Joe Simpson states:

"The last time I found myself in Valy Asr avenue in Tehran, shouldering my way through a shouting, sweating, half-excited, half-frightened crowd - in order to get television pictures of a fire that was sending up a column of choking black smoke into the sky - it was 1979 and I was 30 years younger."

The entire article is on the BBC Website.

I hope that this might be a break from what famous Iranian political cartoonist, Ardeshir Mahasses, has deemed Iran's "Closed circuit history." Time after time Iranians see one despot off only to be confronted by yet another. Lets hope that the "Times Are A Changing" to a governmental structure that is more decentralized and by the people.


Inspiration, cool stuff, etc

Living wall portrait by Edina Tokodi

A Drink To Die For-Ad to create awareness of the water quality in many countries.

Sketch Animation Video-short compilation of stop motion animation footage by Toby Stretch.

Banksy Summer Show in Bristol-A re-cap of the show by Richard Scary from Juxtapoz Magazine.

The Mp3 Experimient Six by Everywhere. A short documentation of a participatory street theater experiment.


By The Bull's Eye logo design

My latest logo design for a client By The Bull's Eye an individual that makes numerous handcrafted objects from sculptures, to jewelry, to purses.

Rubix Cube Art

Artist, Space Invader, does it again.

Goto www.space-invaders.com to see more of their work.


One World Your Move

This short film directs you to the Our World Your Move Project website. The concept of the site revolves around a global puzzle - both in subject matter and participation.

Once at the site, one will find stories about people, countries and initiatives to help aid others. The stories present ways to provide aid and are coupled with photographs taken by award winning photographers. Topics include: food deprivation, climate change, displacement, child soldiers, war, and of course, health care.

The site also allows people to stay updated with what The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and others are doing via the Our World Your Move Blog.

Viewers of the site are also encouraged to promote the project through both print media and various social networks.


Stenciled female artists

I was asked by my wife, Amanda Robinson, to make these stencils for a photo shoot by photographer Kim Frost. The final product of the photo shoot will end up as part of a calendar on women in business. The calendar's intent is to help empower and fundraise for the women's projects.

I chose three prolific female artists to represent different facets of Amanda as an artist, community activist and gallery director.

June Jordan was an amazing writer/activist who's work dealt with civil rights, women's rights and gay rights. I felt that this was a good person to reflect Amanda's interest in poetry and the empowerment of women.

Dorothea Lange was a documentary photographer and photojournalist whom is most famous for her work documenting workers in the U.S. during the Depression Era. Ms. Lange is a good representation of Amanda's obsession with documenting events, happenings and those around her. Wherever she goes her camera goes with her.

Frida Kahlo was a realist, symbolic and surrealist painter who's work dealt with her life as a Mexican woman. Frida Kahlo was included, in the three, to represent Amanda's interest in surrealist oil painting as a dialogue on human sexuality.


A Warning Sign Intended For Sharks?!?

The sign states that "Humans kill over 100 million sharks every year." The sign is reversed to ensure that the the viewer knows it is intended for the sharks. This absolutely brilliant campaign was produced by the agency, Agency Saatchi & Saatchi, for the Save Our Seas Foundation.


Recent ispiration, cool stuff, etc

AIGA (RE)Design Contest is a contest aimed at design for sustainable companies or promoting sustainable living.

Counter-Print is a group of people dedicated to printing either out of print or difficult to find design texts.

Design Observer's Summer Book List

Make/Think is a design conference in Memphis. They are now accepting registration.

Jock Strap Font You heard correctly. A beautifully designed typeface based off of Jock Straps.

Project M has begun. This project is about helping others (as a designer). A friend of mine, Marc Obrien, is one of the lucky people involved in the project.

hausboot is an eco-friendly house boat.


Parody of the Virginia DMV Experience

From Save Richmond:
"Dale Brumfield, the mad mockumentarian behind the “News from Doswell” blog, has created a “DMV Fun Time Activity Book” for your next Division of Motor Vehicles “experience.” Enjoy it here and then wait your turn in line.

Dale, the former co-founder of Richmond’s trailblazing ThroTTle Magazine, is currently on a “Buck Naked Book Tour” that will hit the Metro Space Gallery this Friday during the Artwalk (and again on Sunday). These live appearances — which won’t include juggling and speaking in tongues but definitely will include Brumfield keeping his damn pants on — are in support of his excellent new autobiographical tome, 3 Buck Naked Commodes: And 18 More Tales From a Small Town."

Click this link to see the full DMV Activity Book.


No Tobacco Day

Although "No Tobacco Day" was on the 31st of May; these posters are still useful. The campaign allowed one to participate by educating others of the event through downloadable posters available on the World Health Organization's website.

Good Magazine's Infographics

Good Magazine's infographics have been archived on Flikr for your enjoyment. Now you can be ooed and awed by all of the well organized info graphics that clarify important information. Click here to view the archive.

TXT ISLAND by Chris Gavin

Chris Gavin economically uses peg letters to realize this stop motion film. The use of various characters to imply movement is something to gawk at.


Richmond Illustrators Club Show!!!

Two of my pieces will be exhibited in the Richmond Illustrators Club annual juried show. It is an honor to be seen with so much incredible work. Check out RVA Magazine Vol 5 Issue 2 for a sneak peak at some of the other illustrators.

Opening reception:

First Friday, June 5th

At Ghost Print Gallery
220 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220

For more information goto http://www.ghostprintgallery.com/

400 years of the astronomical telescope!

Seen on Random Specific

"The UNESCO supported International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global tribute which celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei. The central theme of the year long program is The Universe, Yours to Discover. A former student of mine from the National Institute of Design in India, Kathan Kothari, was involved in a brilliant local initiative last month for the 100 Hours of Astronomy project which was observed simultaneously by countries across the globe."

This mobile exhibition traveled in various local neighborhoods and slums in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The cart's operators provided information about the history of the telescope, various astrological facts, special viewers to examine the sun, telescopic viewings, quizes and drawing contests. More information about the project can be found here.

Mobile education units, like the astrology cart, have inspired me to potentially develop my own mobile teaching device through a group I founded, There Once Was A Rebellion. The idea is to have a cart that teaches DIY media techniques to empower inner city youth with a voice that isn't limited to a graffiti tag.

On a side note about Galileo's acts of dissent:
The Catholic Church forced Galileo on house arrest, as a response to his observations of the universe. Therefore, Galileo arranged for his middle finger to be sent to the Pope - after his death of course. If you don't believe me; learn more about Galileo's act of rebellion here.