03.19 2008

Out of the Shell of the Old : Justseeds

ABOUT THE SHOW

Out of the Shell of the Old, running
throughout July 2008 at Space 1026, will be a unique collaborative
installation/exhibition from members of the radical artists’ cooperative
Justseeds. Based on the theme of “a new world rising out of the shell of the
old”, this show will incorporate built environments, video installation, and
printed work to explore both the dark and troubling times we now live in, as
well as our hopes for a better, brighter world. Members of Justseeds will be
travelling to Philadelphia from across the country to collaboratively create a
unique and exciting body of work

Throughout the month, we will also be hosting a variety of events, from
presentations on radical art history to DJ dance parties to puppet shows to
music events. Opening on July 4th.

ABOUT THE GROUP

Justseeds/Visual Resistance Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized
community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in
a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social
movements. Our website is not just a place to shop, but also a destination to
find out about current events in radical art and culture. Our blog covers
political printmaking, socially engaged street art, and culture related to
social movements. We believe in the power of personal expression in concert
with collective action to transform society.

History
Justseeds was originally started in 1998 by artist Josh MacPhee as a way to
distribute his art and the Celebrate People’s History poster series. He slowly
expanded Justseeds to include the work of like-minded artists. In 2004 it grew
too large to hold in MacPhee’s apartment and order fulfillment was taken on by
Clamor Magazine and their new online sales venture Infoshop Direct. Both
Justseeds and Infoshop Direct continued to grow, but in late 2006, serious
financial problems at Infoshop Direct caused it to unexpectedly and immediately
shut down. Justseeds was left with no functioning website, no order fulfillment
service, and over $8,000 in debt; things looked pretty bleak. Amazingly, a
grassroots effort of hundreds of people donating relatively small amounts of
money helped Justseeds pay off all it’s debt, and a couple of successful
benefit art shows raised enough money to launch a new and improved website.

During this difficult time, MacPhee reached out to a dozen like-minded
artists and previous collaborators as well as the political street art blog
Visual Resistance in order to re-create Justseeds as a cooperative effort.
Justseeds was transformed into Justseeds/Visual Resistance Artists’
Cooperative, an artist/worker owned and run cooperative, that launched in the
summer of 2007.

Justseeds Website

Press or General Inquiries
Contact Aryon at 215.833.5672
He also responds to email.

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