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"Labor Paste" (working title) Proposals - a secondary landscape in and around Pullman National Monument            laborpaste.pdf             next   →


Site: Pullman National Monument Visitor Center

Figure(s): Eugene Debs' hunting dog "Babe" (Original "Babe" image courtesy of Eugene V. Debs Foundation )
“LaborPaste” (working title)

“Laborpaste” attempts to create a secondary landscape in Historic Pullman by employing images of iconic labor leaders positioned in and around the National Monument.

The “cutouts” perform both figuratively (by removing the leaders from their historical timelines and contexts), and literally (by cutting the figures out of the original image backgrounds and applying them to the present using a traditional wheatpaste process. Careful consideration to site selection and positioning give the historical figures a life-size presence as “citizens” of the community.

Purposely devoid of any accompanying text, the temporary installation is not meant to be instructional or serve as a history lesson. The project relies on chance, imagination and the curiosity of the viewer for meaning.

The long tradition of “wheatpasting" is by nature public and temporary. The installations will slowly fade away over time blending with their substrates. The decay is an important element of the project. Site selection is of course sensitive to historic preservation and nothing is attached to 1880’s historic surfaces.


Press:

"WTTW Chicago Tonight Highlights #Laborpaste Project" Ask Geoffrey, November 30, 2016

"Life-sized photos of historic figures displayed in downtown Gary" NWI Times, Joseph S. Pete - December 5, 2016

"Pullman Artist JB Daniel Installs Street Art Tribute To Labor Movement" By Mark Konkol | March 11, 2016

Ghost of Eugene Debs walking streets of Terre Haute again - By Howard Greninger Tribune-Star

Best of the Southside - Best Site-Specific Art Project (Joseph S. Pete) | South Side Weekly, 2016

Matt Bubala on WGN radio, 2016

Good Things Are Happening In Pullman and interview with Mark Konkol on DNAinfo, 2016









Special Thanks to: Pullman State Historic Site, Pullman National Monument, National Park Service, National Parks Conservation Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, City of Chicago Building Management, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Alderman Anthony Beale, Pullman Arts, Illinois Labor History Society, Swope Museum, Eugene V. Debs Foundation, Mother Jones Museum, Argus Brewery, DNA Chicago, WGN Radio, South Side Weekly, Sarah Joy Liles, Benjamin Kite, Mark Konkol, Ralph Larson, Al Ruckriegel, Tamara Smith, Steven Smith, John, Mark Korton, Nick Lubovich, Samuel Ć Love, City of Detroit, S. Flynn | Flynnworks.com (exceptional documentation), and the Pullman Community for allowing the project.


Documentation of this project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.













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