Signs of the Time

Artist Jacob Dahlgren has been wearing a striped shirt every day for the past 15 years. He also takes a photo of himself wearing a striped shirt every single day, and plans to continue for the rest of his life. The humor and vibrancy of his work really appealed to me.


Demonstration 5 December, 2007 – Moderna Museet Stockholm 2007 / Photo: Per Anders Allsten/Moderna Museet

I was half an hour late to knit at the bench today.  A car pulled up and two men got out and came over.  Viola!  It was Jacob Dahlgren, the Swedish artist who just installed a sculpture in Barkley Village, and his friend Pablo who lives in Seattle.  They were friendly and down-to-earth, and invited me to come down to Allied Arts to paint an abstract sign board for the upcoming parade on Saturday, a collective art work entitled Demonstration.

I made two paintings at Allied Arts in about 40 minutes using latex paint–one purple and strawberry, one black and red.  It was really easy and fun, and there are several more free workshops that you can attend!

I made an extra sign.  Anyone want to come walk with me on Saturday at 10:30?
This chance won’t come again.

Jacob Dahlgren


Thursday, June 25, 2015
5:30 TO 7:30 PM
Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building
250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Friday, June 26, 2015
3  TO 5 PM
Make.Shift Art Space
306 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225


Thursday, June 25, 2015
12:30 to 1:30 PM
Whatcom Museum Old City Hall – Rotunda Room
121 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA  98225


Saturday, June 27, 2015 (gather at 10:30 AM)
Starting at 11 AM (expected to last 60 to 90 minutes)
Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building
250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Jacob Dahlgren writes:

The event is titled Demonstration and includes making placards and marching together. The placards are reproductions of paintings by the artist Olle Baer­tling (1911-1981). Baertling’s paintings are all abstract. The act of demonstrating takes on a different meaning; it moves in and out of its original context. The idea behind this performance is both formal and spiritual, which also corresponds with Baertling’s work.

The placards become mobile paintings and each participant brings his or her reason for carrying it around the city. This is not a political manifestation. It is (more) about making a public artwork together. It is about rehumanizing the public sphere. The placards carry no explicit message, but can be read as something collective. A collective past in the modernist ideas they represent, and in a collective future that encourages us all to take part in creating our collective landscape.


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