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Featured Speakers

Swoon

Swoon is a Brooklyn-based artist whose life-sized woodblock and cut-paper portraits hang on walls in various states of decay in cities around the world. She has designed and built several large-scale installations, most notably the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea at Deitch Projects in 2008.  Her pieces have been collected by of The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art , and the Tate  Modern.  Major pieces have appeared at PS1,  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Black Rat Press.   Swoon has been traveling for the past several years creating exhibitions and workshops in the United States and abroad.

Swoon is also an instigator and a collaborator. She founded the Toyshop collective and the Miss Rockaway Armada, and is a member of Just Seeds and the Transformazium. Since 2006 she has organized four large-scale raft projects and floated down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers with them. Most recently, she and her collaborators designed a flotilla of sea-going rafts that invaded the 2009 Venice Biennale
Her artistic process is predicated on the belief that art is an immersive, provocative, and transformative experience for its participants. Although Swoon’s aesthetics can be seen as an outgrowth of street art, her engagement with ethical living and making art share a close kinship with the idealism of off-grid, barter-based cultures and economies based on sharing. She uses scavenged and local materials and embraces print media as a potent means of action for social change.

Swoon will be working with the The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) and Kulture Klub Collaborative on an art project.  She will also speak at their Student Open House as well as during the MAPC 2010 conference.

Josh MacPhee

Josh MacPhee's is a street artist, designer, curator, and activist. A street stenciler and poster maker for over a decade, he also runs a radical art distribution project, justseeds.org, as a way to develop and distribute t-shirts, posters, and stickers with revolutionary content. He organizes the Celebrate People's History Poster Project, an ongoing poster series in which different artists create posters to document and remember moments in radical history. He also collectively organizes agit-prop cultural actions with ad-hoc groups of artists under various organizational names such as "Department of Space and Land Reclamation" and "Street.Rec."

Josh MacPhee is the author of Stencil Pirates: A Global Study of the Street Stencil, published by Soft Skull Press, and co-edited Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority with Erik Rueland  and Reproduce and Revolt, with Favianna Rodriquez and Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today. MacPhee is also the curator of the politically charged printmaking exhibition, Paper Politics, which has been touring North America since 2004 and includes an international group of artists.


Featured Public Artists

Lisa Bulawsky 

Lisa Bulawsky will be working with All Along Press on a public project in Minneapolis, We Belong to This Band.  This project is a collection of homages or portraits of artists and printmakers who have gone before us and meant to be an ephemeral monument that celebrates the lives of our artistic heroes and fellow mortals, propagating their memory through the printed image.  Participants contributed images of their heroes that were then printed and bound into tear-off pads, attached to garden stakes, and will be planted throughout the city of Minneapolis, to be taken by passers-by.

Lisa Bulawsky is an artist and printmaker residing in St. Louis, Missouri and teaching in the College and Graduate School of Art at Washington University. Lisa is widely recognized for her work in printmaking and works on paper, and was awarded an NEA fellowship in 1996 in that field. Her prints are included in numerous international collections.  In addition to gallery, installation, and museum work, Lisa is also interested in the populist tradition in printmaking, in the multiple and its democratic potential. She draws from this context to create temporary public works under the umbrella of Vertigo Press, which she established in 2000, and Blindspot Galleries, which she established and directed from 2002 to 2005.

Artemio Rodriguez

Artemio Rodriquez is a self-taught woodcut artist and printmaker. A Cretive Capital Foundation Grantee and a Kala Art Institute Fellow, Artemio has had solo exhibits at Avenue 50 Studio, California, Libreria Pegaso in Mexico City, and Galeria Sin Fronteras in Austin, Texas. He is the editor of several books including Jose Guadalupe Posada: 150 Years, published by La Mano Press, and The King of Things, a handmade book.

After living in Los Angeles for many years, Rodriguez has recently relocated back to Mexico. Now residing in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, he is currently the driving force behind El Huerto, Centro de Ecologia y Artes (The Orchard, Center for Ecology and Arts). 

Artemio Rodriguez is designing a block to celebrate the 2010 anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and Independence, to be carved and printed by University of Minnnesota students.  He will be on site printing for the public during the MAPC 2010 conference and his recent series will be on display at Macalester College.

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