In 1994, south-side author, activist, and graffiti artist William “Upski” Wimsatt wrote Bomb the Suburbs—an examination of hip-hop culture from a white kid’s perspective. With that book and his 1999 follow-up, No More Prisons, Upski attracted a following that included Chuck D of Public Enemy and Tupac Shakur. Now 37, he has just released a new book titled Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement, a half-memoir, half-rallying cry to today’s youth to get involved in shaping America’s political future.
In Sweet Tea, Ray Noland reminds us once again that overtly political art can still be fresh and vigorous, not to mention very funny. After the street artist’s successful “GoTell Mama!” Obama campaign cycle and the hilarious “Run Blago Run” series of Blagojevich jogging, Noland has found a new sea of rich material in local and national politics, from Daley in riot gear to the Tea Party and, of course, more Blago. Noland calls the stencil-based show a depiction of the “heroes and villains of society,” and it does resemble a Marvel comic of sociopolitical commentary, and pop art, at its finest.
Monica Westin, Flavorpill Chicago
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