The Light Grey Art Lab’s 6 Degrees show goes up this weekend. It’s a postcard exchange of 85 artists, who all created work that was related in some way to their hometown. There’s some really cool work, but I say the LGAL doesn’t get a pass for this anymore. They are constantly raising the bar as to what an illustration show should look like, and how it should be handled.
I reappropriated the famous “I Am A Man” placard designed, printed, and used locally during the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, and changed it slightly to reflect the complexity of Memphis (and the US) today in the wake of the Strike’s legacy. It’s not meant to diminish the original context of the sign in any way, but I guess more to highlight that the issues it was tackling are still around and more complex than ever.
It’s definitely a departure from my usual process, but I felt like it was more direct to create the actual signs, instead of illustrate a scene like I was going to originally. I guess I wanted someone who got this to know what it feels like to be a Memphian, not simply know what it looks like.