Photographed by Lauren Carroll Harris
Music Feeds has stumbled upon the works of a self-taught artist, Guy Denning, who has been part of the Occupy Wall St demonstrations. His drawings, many of which are on newspapers and articles that cover the protests, are honest, raw and simple, and capture the immediacy and power of this new and far-reaching movement. The drawings show a man being mace-sprayed by police, a lone demonstrator with a placard, a woman being brutally assaulted by the police - in other words, snapshots from the ground, from the inside of the protests. Denning's use of readily available materials (chalk, conte, charcoal, newsprint) parallel the Occupy movement's egalitarian aims - to separate big business and politics, and to restore genuine democracy by involving everyday people in making the big decisions about where our countries are headed. They also reveal a technical skill and subtle yet strong conceptual streak sometimes missing from conventional 'political' art. Have a look at Denning's finely-wrought works, get inspired, think, and most importantly, act. While you're at it, go to Denning's Facebook page.