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YouTube Video of Cynthia McKinney on Al Jazeera’s Riz Extra show
|| 10/23/2008 || 3:41 pm || Comments Off on YouTube Video of Cynthia McKinney on Al Jazeera’s Riz Extra show || ||

Since the American media has completely blocked out the presidential campaign of Cynthia McKinney, its good to see that some foreign media is covering her campaign. In this web exclusive (aka not broadcast), Al Jazeera‘s Riz Khan speaks to Cynthia McKinney about her platform and campaign.


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You’re A Nation!
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I was at a house party over the weekend and went to the bathroom to relieve myself. As I was unzipping my fly, I looked up and saw the map in magazine on top of the toilet and an old joke came into my mind: When you go into the bathroom you are an American. When you leave the bathroom, you are an American. What are you in the bathroom? Now the answer to the joke/riddle is funny (if you are in the 5th grade) and simple: European aka You’re a pee’in’ (get it?!)

I’ve been trying to take photographs of found maps with my camera and this one was too funny to pass up. By combining that lame humor with the fact that map in the magazine above shows most of the western hemisphere, I decided to switch out the word “‘peein” and add the word “nation,” hence, “Urination or You’re A Nation!” ….Rimshot…. Talk about taking the piss



Self-Portrait with Sunburst Mirror
|| 10/22/2008 || 11:40 am || Comments Off on Self-Portrait with Sunburst Mirror || ||

Saturday night I was at a friends house after we filmed some A-listers who were in town for a black-tie foundation dinner. I noticed that the person had a convex mirror similar to the one I remember from the fifteenth century Flemish painting, “The Arnolfini Portrait” by Jan van Eyck (1434). I decided to try a few different angles and the photograph above was my favorite.



One Third Representation Flyer Posted Outside of Busboys & Poets
|| 10/21/2008 || 11:25 am || Comments Off on One Third Representation Flyer Posted Outside of Busboys & Poets || ||

In August of this year, I posted the newest 1/3 representation graphic that had been sent my way. Last night I was at Busboys & Poets, a restaurant off U Street in Washington, DC, and I saw that someone had posted the flyer up on the electric box. Curiously, I am told that the owner of Busboys & Poets is on the board of directors of DC Vote, which is the DC-based non-profit that is behind 1/3 representation in Congress. Maybe this flyer was directed at him? I hope so. I also wonder if the flyer has been placed anywhere else in the city? Anyways, the photograph is taken in such a way that its difficult to read the flyer, so click here in case you are interested in reading the text of the flyer.


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A View of a Partially Decorated Kitchen Wall
|| 10/20/2008 || 1:24 pm || Comments Off on A View of a Partially Decorated Kitchen Wall || ||

I think the decorations are cute: a poster for kids showing the basic fruits & vegetables in written Arabic, a faux-antique plate, and a mandala dish. I don’t know where any of them are from or how they got to where they are at, but I am enjoying the random juxtaposition.



Illegal Popup Advertisement featuring John McCain
|| 10/19/2008 || 7:42 pm || Comments Off on Illegal Popup Advertisement featuring John McCain || ||

I don’t think I’m allowed to be paid for my vote? Am I?
A $500 gift card is just so utterly tempting.



View of a House Party Censored By Colored Dots
|| 10/18/2008 || 7:33 pm || Comments Off on View of a House Party Censored By Colored Dots || ||

Friday night I went to a house party in Columbia Heights. During the party teenagers four houses down were throwing ice and eggs over the fence into the party. A couple of my friends went up to the back deck to escape the carnage. I took this picture and decided to add randomly colored circles over people heads as a way to remember the urban warfare. After all, they were all targets down there….



Stickering Shepard Fairey’s “The Duality of Humanity” in Washington, DC
|| 10/17/2008 || 2:51 pm || Comments Off on Stickering Shepard Fairey’s “The Duality of Humanity” in Washington, DC || ||

Early Friday morning I left my house with a sticker with the one intention of placing a sticker on the poster of street artist Shepard Fairey‘s “The Duality of Humanity” which has been stuck up all around this country, from Denver to San Francisco and now, not far from my house in Washington, DC.

It was literally a tongue in cheek action because the sticker was temporary and message was humorous: I <3 Vandalism. I had obtained the sticker from a random street art book a friend gave me for my birthday. The reason behind doing this was two-fold. First is that some forms of street art is vandalism. The other, more important issue, is that Fairey’s street art is merely stylish propaganda, which deserves to be defaced over time, like all street art.

It’s really the Barack Obama poster that gets to me. In my opinion, there is nothing revolutionary about Barack Obama’s character. Nothing. He stands for the status quo. It might be progress that he might becomes president. But when placed in the context of revolutionary ideals and presidential aspirations, this street art becomes explicit Democratic party propaganda and thereby subverts his entire message.

Moreover, its gimmicky— have an acclaimed street artist come to town, put up some large prints that depict ironic pseudo-revolutionary memes on derelict property, have a gallery opening to sell it to rich folk who keep the duality alive, and put up Barack Obama posters on the side. I get it and it sells well. Yet political art should have a larger message that is defiant of the status quo. To embrace the partisan, lesser of the two evilism, might be a Duality of Humanity, but its politically feeble-minded and artistically weak, but it sure is nice propaganda.

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Third Party Presidential Ballot Access in the United States of America [updated]
|| 10/16/2008 || 12:24 am || Comments Off on Third Party Presidential Ballot Access in the United States of America [updated] || ||

At the beginning of September I posted a similar graphic showing the third party presidential ballot access in the United States of America. In the month since, the final deadlines have passed and the updated graphic above shows the final state by state (plus the colony of the District of Columbia) listing of the candidates who have the statistical chances of winning the electoral college and becoming president of the United States.

What is sad about American democracy as it’s presented on television and in the print media is that America consists of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, and only those parties and no mention of the ones above. All the third parties above are either completely ignored or they are incorrectly lumped together into Independents. The result is a marginalization of all other parties who might contribute to the political discourse.


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[Commission] Shirlington Quilt
|| 10/15/2008 || 6:16 pm || Comments Off on [Commission] Shirlington Quilt || ||

: rendered at 9,000 X 6,000 :

I’ve been working on this commissioned map for a few months now. It was originally going to be Paris, but we decided to it would be easier to make a map of their house. I spent some extra time transforming the nearby highway into a heart (below) to signify the love between the husband and wife. I think it looks beautiful :-) It will be placed in the client’s home, which is featured within the map.

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