WHAT #OccupyDCart exhibition curated by VESTIBULE, featuring artwork created by DC street artists who collaborated with Occupiers on determining their message(s) and visually interpreting it through art
WHERE McPherson Square, at the southwest corner near the entrance at 15th & I Streets NW
WHEN Live deployment of guerrilla gallery modules at 12:30 p.m. this Friday, December 30
WHO VESTIBULE, a DC-based art collective including Adrian Parsons, Josef Palermo, and Joseph Orzal
VISUALS Fifteen (15) temporary mobile exhibition modules constructed to host 750 square feet of wall space
Washington, December 27, 2011: VESTIBULE, a local art collective, is building fifteen (15) temporary mobile exhibition modules for its “guerrilla gallery” – which the group plans to use to pop-up unannounced art shows at various locations throughout the District. The first and only pre-announced show, #OccupyDCart, opens in McPherson Square this Friday at 12:30 p.m. with an exhibition of artwork created by DC street artists who collaborated with Occupiers on taking the signs, banners, and other materials used in communicating their messages and reinterpreting them into a cohesive social protest art aesthetic aligned with the ethos of the Occupy movement.
“It’s like having a mini-Occupation throughout the city,” promises local performance artist, hunger striker, and VESTIBULE collaborator Adrian Parsons.
“It took me a while to really get a feel for what they [the Occupiers] as a community are feeling,” says VESTIBULE’s Joseph Orzal, who recently spent two weeks connecting with activists at both Occupy encampments at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square in an effort to better understand their cause and message. “I think, from some of the people I’ve talked to, the idea of having a concrete aesthetic attached to any movement is really important,” Orzal adds. “So people are open to us redoing all the signage [featuring] an array of slogans and mantras that the Occupiers requested.”
The VESTIBULE guerrilla gallery opens this Friday, December 30, at 12:30 p.m. in McPherson Square and will remain onsite for for about a week before it starts popping up in front of iconic DC landmarks, high-traffic areas, and select corporate offices. Follow @VESTIBULEdc on Twitter for the latest updates on the guerrilla gallery and visit http://tinyurl.com/OccupyDCart to make a donation that provides arts supplies, transportation of the guerrilla gallery structures, and other needs associated with this project.
[All photos by Liz Gorman]