I recently posted some of my river animal stencils with Shannon Molter, an inspiring Milwaukee artist.   We put them up on a very fitting location, the Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center. The stencils were on a exposed wall so they were quickly washed away in a rain storm the next day.  I will have to get more up soon.  I like them better outside then on panel.  I enjoyed using some white clay slip in addition to my regular dirt and found clay.  
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Milwaukee River Animals

September 16, 2013

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I have work up at Studio Lounge in Bay View.  I made some mud stencils on Panel that celebrate Milwaukee River wildlife.  I used homemade egg tempera on hand built wood panel. I’ll post some photos of the work once I take down the show.

 

Moving in

August 8, 2013

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I recently made this print for a portfolio on the theme of disaster relief.  Suburban sprawl, human invasion and over consumption is the disaster.  The relief is the return of the wildlife that we have forced out.

 

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Suburban sprawl across my living room floor

New Stencil

July 19, 2013

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I made this stencil last week after the George Zimmerman was acquitted.  I was disappointed but not surprised that the the all white jury thought that the murder was not race related.  Part of white privilege is being able to ignore race.  I have been hearing about more and more hate crime murders in which the perpetrator walks free.  This is our unjustice system.

Bike Head Badges

July 7, 2013

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These are handmade etched copper head badges formed to fit your bike.  They are available for sale at coast in bikes http://www.coastinbikes.com/  I can also make custom head badges upon request. email me at jessegraves@gmail.com

Riverwest Co-op

June 12, 2013

I currently have work up at the Riverwest coop cafe.  I am displaying my mud stencils on panel. Images of some of them are under the mud on panel page.

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art teacher example show

April 18, 2013

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Should have posted this way sooner.  I recently co-curated a show with Jason Ludtke.  We are also starting a blog.  Check it out! whatdidartdo.com

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If you are in the Milwaukee area, this show is a must see.  I do not have work in it but will be presenting at the gallery on Saturday March 23rd at 9:00 AM.  Come to any or all of these lectures.  They are free and will be inspiring.

Justseeds artist talks, presentations, discussions, and workshops –in conjunction
with the SCGI conference
Union Art Gallery
(UWM student union – campus level)
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI
free and open to the public

Friday, March 22nd

9:00-9:40 Pete Yahnke Railand, (Milwaukee, Justseeds)
“Changing Landscapes: The Friends of the Orphan Signs, New Mexico”

9:50-10:30 Dylan A.T. Miner (East Lansing, MI, Justseeds)
“Welcoming Practices, Practicing Welcome: Socially Engaged Art in and With Indigenous Communities”

10:40-11:20 Favianna Rodriguez, (Oakland, CA, Justseeds)
“Migration Now! How Artists Are Engaging in the Fight for Migrant Rights”

11:30-12:10 Roger Peet, (Portland, Oregon, Justseeds)
“Printernational: Collaborations and Print Projects for Ecology and Solidarity in Indonesia and Democratic Republic of Congo.”

12:20-1:00 Colin Matthes (Milwaukee, Justseeds, MIAD)
“Essential Knowledge: A Series of Instructional Posters Teaching Basic Skills for Success in Challenging Situations.”

1:10-1:50 Nicolas Lampert (Milwaukee, Justseeds, UWM)
“Justseeds and Iraq Veterans Against the War: Collaborating with printmaking, street art, and mud stencils”

2:00-2:40 Lane Hall / Lisa Moline (Milwaukee, UWM)
“The Overpass Light Brigade: A View From The Bridges”

2:50-3:30 Shaun Slifer, (Pittsburgh, Justseeds)
“I Brake for Historical Markers: Some Strategies for Asserting Our Histories on Permanent Chunks of Metal”

3:40-4:20 Meredith Stern, (Providence, Justseeds)
“Hear Us Roar: Surviving Contemporary Patriarchy through Creative Subversion”

4:30-5:20 Kevin Caplicki / Josh MacPhee, (Brooklyn, Justseeds)
“Exploring the Relationship Between Cultural Production and Social Movements: The Interference Archive in Brooklyn”
Saturday, March 23rd

9:00-10:00 Jesse Graves (Milwaukee)
(workshop) Mud Stencils: Eco-Graffiti How-to-Workshop

10:00-10:40 Josh MacPhee, (Brooklyn, Justseeds)
“Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture”

10:50-11:30 Erik Ruin, (Providence, Justseeds)
“What Does Utopia Look Like?”

11:40-12:20 Drew Cameron (San Francisco, Iraq Veterans Against the War)
“The Combat Paper Project: Paper, Pulp, and G.I. Rights to Heal”

12:30 – 1:10 Kim Cosier (Milwaukee, UWM)
“Kids Talk Back!: Toward a Radical Rethinking of Art Education”

1:20 – 2:00 Mary Tremonte, (Pittsburgh/Toronto, Justseeds)
“Bandana as Signifier: Where Hanky Code, Labor, and Migrant Rights Meet”

2:10 – 2:40 Bec Young, (Pittsburgh, Justseeds)
(workshop) “Printmaking Health: Stretching 101 for Printmakers”

2:50 – 3:30 Paul Kjelland, (Milwaukee, Public House, Riverwest 24)
“Visualizing Community Engagement: Graphic and Cultural Organizing in Milwaukee”

3:40 – 4:20 Favianna Rodriguez, (Oakland, CA, Justseeds)
(workshop) “Cultural Organizing 101: Workshop for Organizers on How to Design Graphics for Movements”

True False 2013

March 5, 2013

These photos are from the mud stencil mural that Morgan Herum and I led in Columbia Missouri.  We designed and cut the stencils, made a simple sketch, and invited folks to stencil with us.  Thanks to everyone who stenciled with us in the 28 degree weather!

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The army ants connect to this years festival theme – Collaborative Architecture of the Impossible.  Army ants work together and actually use their bodies to create architecture.

 

 

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The photos below are from the mask making workshop that Morgan Herum and I led, and the March March! parade the masks were made for. We made 300 letterpress prints of some relief carvings we did, brought them to Columbia Missouri, and invited folks to help us cut, decorate and pass out the masks.  Special Thanks to Lee Elementary School, Lee’s awesome art teacher, and all the folks that helped make and wear the masks.

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The Print Designs are inspired by African termites, social weaver birds and honeybees.  These animals work together to create amazing architecture.

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Getting Ready For True False!

February 23, 2013

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Morgan and I are getting ready for True False Film Festival in Columbia Mo.  Here we are printing masks for the March March Parade. We will be working with high school students to cut-out and adorn these masks to pass out to people for the parade.  We will also be doing a mud stencil workshop.  Look for the photo’s in a couple of weeks.

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