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DO IT YOURSELF: Norman’s Resonator artspace to host the grassroots-based Anarchist Print Fair

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Yulia Vestmar's "Сатурн ест детей". Vestmar will have additional works showcased at the fair.
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NORMAN, Okla. — Artist Eric Piper knows exactly what type of reaction the word “anarchist” elicits from the general public and has no problem dealing with that controversy head-on.

“If you’re operating under this umbrella of different politics, you’re always kind of getting lumped into this pigeon hole,” Piper said. “To me, this more sacred use of the word, which not everybody is going to take this way, is you’re always going to be misunderstood when you’re drawing or writing and you have to try to remove yourself from all these categories of what creative culture you’ve fallen under and try to create a new culture yourself.”

As the director of the artspace at Resonator, 1010 N. University Blvd., Piper has organized the Anarchist Print Fair to do just that: take art back from the mainstream and create something entirely new and never before seen, by any means necessary.

“The Anarchist Print Fair is a gathering of a bunch of people who put themselves in charge of getting their artwork out there, taking control of distributing their work out to the masses, instead of waiting for a gallery to call you or a venue to book you,” Piper explained. “It’s all about self-organizing. It’s about learning how to survive artistically in the wilderness of society today.”

Wanting to take the “social scripts” of what the public believes an art fair should be and doing the complete opposite, Piper hopes that the Anarchist Print Fair will “shock” attendees with their broad palette of guests, speakers and performers, featuring notable creators from countries such as Estonia, Belarus and Russia, many of  whom have had to fight to have their voice heard and art seen.

“It’s incredible stuff,” Piper said. “There’s a bunch of people from all over the world, artwork that you most likely would never be able to see unless you come out for these two days. These artists have created these art scenes in their own countries…they’ve created their own culture and it’s inspirational. These artists retain their own style and have dedicated themselves to working in D.I.Y. communities and creating things no one has ever seen in Oklahoma.”

Toomas Kuusing's "Food Club" . Kuusing will have additional artwork on display at the Anarchist Print Fair. (Photo provided)

The Anarchist Print Fair will commence at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14th and continue on Wednesday, November 15th at 2 p.m., at Resonator. The print fair is free to attend and is billing itself as an event with “affordable” but highly original art from “all over the world.” 

“I think the best kind of artwork is when it’s something that you don’t quite understand; it kind of makes you think more and try to understand it,” Piper added. “Whenever you have to jump to reach some sort of conclusion about something, you end up kind of jumping farther than you would if it was explained to you. I like trying to figure out puzzles and mysteries and I think other people kind of appreciate that too. I hope people come out and get a little bit shocked by the fact they’re seeing something new.”

Anarchist Print Fair
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 4:00pm
1010 N. University Blvd.
Norman, OK 73069
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