Robert L. Peters

20 January 2011

Death is Not Justice | poster for tomorrow

Paris, France

“Death is Not Justice” exhibitions organised by poster for tomorrow opened in some 50 locations around the world on 10/10/10… exhibiting 100 of the 2094 poster submissions received from 81 different countries. While last year’s initiative was coalescing opposition against the Death Penalty, this year’s focus for poster for tomorrow is “The Right to Education.” View past poster galleries and learn about the latest call for entries here.

Images: It must be stopped by Natalia Lazarashvili, Georgia; We need the time to reflect, Tomoko Miyagawa, Japan; a spread from the available catalogue.

19 January 2011

Quotable quotes…

Winnipeg, Canada

I love quotations, as anyone who spends any time on this blog knows… and perhaps inevitably, I’ve found myself quoted not infrequently—all a part of the give and take of human beings exchanging thoughts in this age of information and ideas. I was pleasantly surprised today (and a little flattered, actually) to hear from Angie Zubrin, another graphic designer here in the ‘Peg, about a video she had discovered online featuring a quote of mine… here.

18 January 2011

Like the good man said…


This is not unlike traditional, bottom-up, first-ascent climbing… you rack up and then start up what you hope will be a fruitful line leading to the summit, no beta, no guarantee. On a good day, those bold initial moves pay off…

17 January 2011

He had a dream…

Memphis, Tennessee…

This is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a fitting moment in time to honor the visionary activist and civil rights leader. Earlier today I was sent a link to a compelling clip from the embattled National Public Radio in the U.S.—four minutes well worth listening to (please listen to the end), here.

(thanks Gregor)

16 January 2011

And you are young and life is long and there is time to kill today, and then one day you find ten years have got behind you; no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

Pink Floyd may have got it right, methinks… time flies.

15 January 2011

MM mmm… meme

(meme | rhymes with cream)

Interesting news out yesterday that Toronto entrepreneur Jamie Salter has bought the rights to the image of 1950s Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. Salter’s New York-based intellectual property corporation, Authentic Brands Group, is thought to have paid in the area of $50 million for Monroe’s name and likeness. “Marilyn Monroe is recognized around the world as the embodiment of beauty and glamour,” says Salter, CEO of Authentic Brands. “Quite simply, her name and her image have timeless appeal. We feel fortunate to be responsible for the future.”

The question in my mind… in this day and age, can you really own a meme?

Images: some quick grid|meme studies I just did… decidedly not of the famed Marilyn, yet triggering recall to the glamorous legacy of the unhappy starlet who died of an overdose in her Los Angeles home in 1962, age 36.

13 January 2011

So, Sam, imagine that…

(dedicated to a brilliant little man named Samuel Ash Jacob Kornelsen)

12 January 2011

Portraits of the North

Winnipeg, Canada

I felt privileged to spend a few hours at the studio today with Gerald Kuehl, a remarkable portrait artist who has been described as a historian, storyteller and visual poet. Portraits of the North, a collection of his portraits depicting the Indigenous people of the north, reflects his fascination with their cultures. (I had posted about Gerald and a presentation of his I attended at the Winnipeg Art Gallery a few months ago, here).

Gerald has met with and photographed subjects from Ojibway, Cree, Dene, and Inuit communities, focusing his efforts on their oldest living members, the Elders. He has conducted interviews, researched their cultures and taken part in sweat lodge, traditional pipe and fasting ceremonies. A self-taught Manitoba artist, Gerald’s photographs are used as a point of departure to create super-realistic pencil portraiture, each drawing taking approximately 70 to 100 hours to complete.

Gerald has also written riveting biographies to accompany the portraits, poignant stories from the fascinating lives of his subjects along with insightful remarks about the impact they have made on this earth. The Manitoba Museum began touring 30 portraits and biographies of Gerald’s work in 2006. The Portraits of the North exhibit is literally a celebration of the lives of our Indigenous people. The show has toured nationally and internationally and is currently on display at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatchewan.

The images above are a small sampling of Gerald’s work (screen resolution does not, however, do these justice): some of the drawings of First Nations & Metis Elders of Northern Manitoba; Frank Moneyas of Hollow Water First Nation; Joseph Irvine Keeper of Norway House; and Helen Jane Ross of Cross Lake (detail). All images are © Gerald Kuehl.

11 January 2011

No Bombing.

Barcelona, Spain

I shot this pic of an elegant and clever sign hack (No Stopping becomes No Bombing) back in 2003, as the U.S. was raining down bombs on Iraq.

10 January 2011

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