By John A. Barry And Bill Carmel
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About this blog: John Barry is the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which he applies paint to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. With Bill Carmel and other associates, he has bro... (More)
About this blog: John Barry is the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which he applies paint to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. With Bill Carmel and other associates, he has brought trAction Painting events to local schools and summer camps. He also creates visual puns. His works are included in several private collections. John has authored/coauthored a dozen books, including Technobabble and Sunburst: The Ascent of Sun Microsystems. John can be contacted at [email protected]
Bill Carmel has 35 years' experience as a professional artist. His fine art paintings, sculptures, and designs are included in private, corporate, and public art collections in the United States, Europe, and Australia. After teaching at Humboldt State University and Southern Illinois University, he returned to the Bay Area, where he remains active in the arts by serving as a co-curator for the Lamorinda Arts Council's Orinda Gallery and by exhibiting throughout the Bay Area. Bill reviews exhibits at SFMOMA, the De Young and Palace of Fine Arts museums, and other Bay Area exhibition venues. Bill can be contacted at [email protected]
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Protest signs run the gamut, from predictably prosaic to inspired.
Protests signs can generally be categorized thus:
• X is thus
• X will do thus
• X is [substitute epithet here
• X [insert nearly any anti-X statement/phrase here
I recently attended the Oakland edition of the Womens March, on January 21. As I moved slowly through the estimated 100K participants, I had the opportunity to see a lot of signs.
Plenty in the aofremtnioned categories on display. But I was more interested in the wit and artistry that went into the making of these signs Because of the huge volume of sentiments displayed, I could sample only a small number. But the following are some of my favorites, as manifested either in words or graphics (in almost all instances, captions are pretty much superfluous, even though all involve words).
So let’s start with words.
Yes, they do.
Turning a cliché on its head.
Ah, English. So may significations for a 5-letter word.
No solamente inglés.
A message to Trump’s patron.
A 3D picture is worth a thousand words.