Thursday, July 27, 2017

'Trumpocalypse' Media Mashup



I made this little mashup of some of the media coverage and responses to the 'Trumpocalypse' billboard. I found some new interesting footage which I put at the end.... wait for it! :D

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New print: The Animal Resistance by Karen Fiorito


The Animal Resistance
9-color Serigraph on rag paper with hand coloring
14.5" x 26.5", 2017
Edition of 30.
$150 each + S&H

Artist Statement:
We are all connected to this earth and when one of us suffers, we all suffer. One species becoming extinct affects the whole biosphere of our planet. Our land, water and air are under attack from factory farming, fossil fuels and pollution. These damaging effects to the environment put many species at risk, not just humans. We must have biodiversity to sustain our ecosystems and keep them healthy. We must respect every single being, animal or human, for we are all a part of the same ecosphere.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trumpocalypse and UNITY

Trumpocalypse, Photo by Patrick Allen Traylor















These images were created for a 2-sided billboard in Phoenix, AZ. The larger and more dramatic one, Trumpocalypse, expresses what a large majority of the population feel, as do many people around the globe. That feeling is fear, fear of losing our rights, our freedoms, our environment, our land, our water, our livelihoods, and ultimately our planet.

These fears are expressed by the mushroom clown imagery and also through the use of a very simple and powerful design that I borrowed from a fellow artist and activist, Hugh Gran. This symbol is that of a dollar sign cleverly resembling a swastika. The swasti-dollar symbol is meant to represent how greed and corruption rule our society through multi-million dollar corporations and paid politicians. Hugh made this graphic in response to George Bush, Jr.’s illegal election, and I always admired its creativity and genius.

I choose this symbol because we have a powerful businessman in power who wants total control of our government to suit his and his friends’ (and family’s) business interests. This man is trying to do away with our personal freedoms, including Freedom of the Press and Free Speech. This man does not care about who he hurts. In fact he has done nothing but fuel hate speech. Some of his followers have even taken to violence, and even so, he does not repudiate them. His cabinet is full of white supremacists and extremists. He is trying to ban Muslims and deport Mexicans. He is trying to destroy the environment and all the animals. He attacks the judiciary branch of our government, an integral part of our and any democracy. His ties to Russia are numerous and obvious (This is why he wears a Russian flag lapel pin.) He did not win the popular vote. These are facts, not alternative facts, which are falsehoods.

For all these reasons, I, like many others, feel we are living in dark times, similar to Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia. Thank God we do not, but many fear that this is the direction we are going. I love this country and fear for its future; that is why I created this work. This is a warning to our nation: do not let Fascism win. The second side is another board on which the word UNITY is in both English and American Sign Language. This is the “positive” side of the situation. This man has united many people and groups together in opposition to him. We are always stronger together and I believe if we unite we will defeat this evil. No matter what your color, race, creed or gender may be, there are more of us than there are of them. We can and will overcome!
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UNITY, Photo by Patrick Allen Traylor

Monday, February 6, 2017

Environmental Directions Radio Interview


This interview with Nancy Pearlman​ of the Environmental Directions Radios Series and Karen Fiorito (AKA Buddha Cat press) aired on January 13, 2017 on KBPK, 90.1 FM. In this interview, they talk about Veganism, Got Drought?​, the Art of Compassion Project​ and 
of course, art! 

Here is a video of the interview with graphics:


Environmental Directions Radio Series is the number one and longest running international environmental program of its kind. Inaugurated in 1977, these half-hour interview shows have aired weekly on public (NPR and APR), commercial, listener-sponsored, and college-sponsored stations, as well as on the Internet. Shows are taped on location throughout the world or at facilities in the Los Angeles area. 
www.ecoprojects.org

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Golden Buddha Cat



Golden Buddha Cat
6 Color Serigraph with Gold Metallic Ink
18" x 24" on rag paper, 2016
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist


Golden Buddha Cat is a hand printed 6-color serigraph on rag paper honoring my orange tabby Buddy. The background is a Tibetan Medicine Prayer Flag. Recently my cat was attacked by a dog and barely survived. This is my prayer for him for long life and prosperity.

Here is a video of the process:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Got Drought at Eagle Rock Music Festival

Making t-shirts or walking billboards as we like to call them! Come get yours at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock Music Festival this Saturday! Got Drought? will have a booth in the artists tents from 4 - 10pm, across from the Main Stage! We will be selling t-shirts, posters, pins, bumper stickers and recipe books. We will also be giving out brochures for free! The funds from these help support our Got Drought? project!


Printed with Eco-friendly inks on American Apparel tees. So affordable at only $15!

For more info on the festival go to http://eaglerockmusicfestival.org.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Got Drought? Tours California



San Jose, CA
The Got Drought? Billboard campaign has taken to the road! After a successful run in Los Angeles in 2015, LUSH cosmetics decided to help our campaign travel to major cities across California. The campaign picked up again in May with a billboard in Clairemont, San Diego. This board was then recycled and installed in the Miramar Area of San Diego where it can be seen for the month of June. Boards also went up in Oakland and San Jose this month and more to come soon, including a digital board in Fresno! Stay tune for more updates and follow us on Facebook, twitter and instagram! Check out our website (got drought.com) for more information about us and our project. 
 
Downtown, Oakland


Miramar, San Diego

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Got Drought? Updates



"Got Drought?" was recently showcased on LUSH cosmetics Charity Pot Lotion lids throughout the United States and Canada! In celebration of our lids and the generous grant we received from LUSH, the LUSH Pasadena store held a "Got Drought? Awareness Event" on March 19th, 2016. In honor of the event, we made bumper stickers, t-shirts, recipe books, buttons, brochures and prints! Check out these items at our new online store at www.gotdrought.com!


"Got Drought?" was featured in the Winter 2016 edition of American Vegan Magazine! Check out the article, "Billboard Activism: Exposing the Truth about California's Water Shortage" by Jack Schwada on the blog on our website, along with other interesting articles by Alex Arinsburg and yours truly.

CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE?



"California's Future?" is an art exhibition I helped curate on the theme of sustainability in celebration of Earth Day at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. The show runs through May 25, 2016 and features work by the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. In case you missed the Opening Reception in April, there is a Closing Reception May 20th from 6:30 - 9:00 PM. For more information, go to www.laprintmaking.com.