Untitled. 8.5 x 11 inches. Paper, glue.
By 1992 I was well underway in my trajectory through anarchism (and out the other side). This is the sort of poster I was making and posting on telephone poles in Knoxville, Tennessee that year.
The image is of Wilhelm Reich and his cloudbuster machine. Making posters as if exposure to information could change minds, as if an elite few had the answers for all, made as much sense as connecting hollow pipes to a lake and aiming them at clouds to drive away bad UFOs. Except if activism means telling stories then I want the stories to be interesting, I want stories about sex energy and aliens not stories about class struggle and labor relations. So of course I made a poster against making posters.
I used a photocopier to reduce the image, reduced that reduction, then once more, then enlarged the reduction, then enlarged the enlargement. That gave it the posterized / samizdat look I was hoping for. The text is by from The Life and Work of Wilhelm Reich by Michel Cattie. It was produced on a Commodore-64 computer using the GEOS operating system and printed on a dot matrix printer. Owning a computer that could print in one of nearly a dozen typefaces, in justified columns, was uncommon at the time.