Thursday, September 9, 2010
We are so excited to welcome the kick-ass graphic arts co-op Justseeds to the market this Saturday! This is a great chance to check out their awesome work in person and meet some of the folks behind this collective of socially-conscious artists -- whose headquarters, incidentally, are located right here in Lawrenceville! Members Bec Young and Mary Tremonte will be on hand with lots of goodies, among them prints like Meredith Stern's Cooperation Cats, Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza's EZLN Women Laws, and books like Firebrands and Signal. Can't miss this!
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 26 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets – all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends.
Founded in 1998, and originally the graphics distribution project of Josh MacPhee, Justseeds made the transformation into a worker-owned cooperative in 2007 – the original network being largely in place through past collaborations and friendships. In May 2010, Justseeds moved our distribution center from Portland to a new and larger base in Pittsburgh. We operate an online store and wholesale distribution center; an active, multi-voice blog detailing current art and resistance projects around the world; and a small gallery space in our Pittsburgh shipping office that highlights member work.