2018 Status versus Motion art project was launched April, 2018 as an extension of Citizen Free News of Edmonton, Alberta on the traditional lands of Treaty 6 First Nations and Metis. It's purpose is to improve the outreach and trustworthiness of citizen free news reporting on protests, rallies and vigils by Albertans relating to environmental, human rights and political issues. It follows the business inside the Alberta Legislature and monitors how the corporate news media reports on that business. Enjoy Your Freedoms!
Upholding the rights of all during World Press Freedom Day 04 May 2018
For the third year running, artistic freedom was in the spotlight of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) held this year in Accra, Ghana (2-3 May). To mark this occasion, artists, human rights activists and media professionals came together to debate global emerging challenges to artistic freedom in the digital environment. A call for joint action from artists and journalists to work closely together in advocating for press and artistic freedoms was made during the joint launch of UNESCO’s two new global reports, “Re|Shaping Cultural Policies” and the World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development Global Report.
Civil Information Activism
Respect People, Property and the Rule of Law
Paintings are not for sale but are given away or painted over for future art projects.
May 3, 2016, Noon, Photo taken by a member of the Wildrose party.
Ms. Anam Kazim (NDP) MLA for Calgary-Glenmore was the first MLA to receive a painting by me as a gift for her public service to Albertans. I later titled it Wood Buffalo, wildfire. At 5 PM that same day a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. it swept through the community, forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history, with upwards of 88,000 people forced from their homes (Wikipedia). I already completed 4 paintings so far this year adding to my Fire and Rain art project that focused my canvases on the wildfires of Alberta.
This project endured 3 bans on the Alberta Legislature grounds and I was threatened new years eve with police action by the City of Edmonton manger for showing a single painting next to City hall. I protested both defending my right to freely express art in public. I completed 24 paintings, all of which were painted outdoors in public. Artist bLog ...
November 27, 2016, Jason Kenney really appreciated the story behind my painting Water and Oil is Life-Non Violence so I handed him the painting straight off the easel saying to Jason "what better man to have this painting, but a man who understands and appreciates its story" all the while I'm thinking to myself "this guy could very well become our next Premier of Alberta." Jason Kenney went on to become the leader of the Conservative party of Alberta and later joined forces with Brian Jean, leader of her Majesty's official opposition party the Wildrose. Together they formed the United Conservative Party of Alberta. Jason won the leadership of the United Conservative Party of Alberta and was sworn in as MLA January 30, 2018. bLog: Water and Oil is Life - Non Violence
Jason Kenney and his friends had just come from attending a candlelight vigil for the Holodomor next to City Hall where it was disrupted by Communists shouting obscenities at the attendees. Unlisted YouTube
Art is Freedom
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay - Ernst Fischer
Water and Oil is Life - Non Violence - Anti pipeline protest
Wood Buffalo, Wildfire - Painted next to #Yeg City Hall
2013 Citizen Doug reporting: anti oil protest by environmentalists, First Nations and anti capitalists.
2016 Citizen Doug reporting: on Alberta wildfires using social media, art and word of mouth by City Hall
... Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy
Address to the American Newspaper Publishers, delivered 27 April 1961, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York
Cry a river, build a bridge, get over it
Too many walls, not enough bridges
Old Walterdale Bridge “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig, even if you call it an iconic pig,” City Coun. Bryan Anderson