In conjuction with Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen, join Trunk Show organizers Raven Falquez Munsell and Jesse Malmed and artist Jason Lazarus for the release of the limited-edition bumper sticker RECORD the POLICE, designed by Lazarus. The cases of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Trayvon Martin (and too many others) attest to the tremendous amount of work and urgency needed to produce a social justice system that is equitable for people of color. RECORD the POLICE is a call for the average citizen to enact the responsibility of counter-surveillance and the making of evidence. Jason Lazarus uses the format of the bumper sticker— a signifier of political identity and allegiance— as a platform for political broadcast, responding urgently to the spate of recent and highly publicized social injustices. Like much of Lazarus’ work, RECORD the POLICE is sly in its delivery, considering where and when the political, poetic, and personal overlap and entwine.
Jason Lazarus (born 1975) is a Chicago-based artist, curator, writer, and educator. His recent solo exhibitions include Jason Lazarus: Chicago Works at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Live Archive at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and THTK (Toronto) at Gallery TPW in Toronto, CA. He is a Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Chicago Artist Writers, an online experimental art criticism platform. Trunk Show is a mobile exhibition space featuring monthly solo shows for which artists are commissioned to design a limited-edition bumper sticker. The sticker lives, rides along with, and helps propel a beat-up 1999 forest green Ford Taurus owned by Falquez Munsell and Malmed. In addition to the month-long exhibitions, the editioned bumper stickers are sold (from the trunk) for five dollars each and by annual subscription. Trunk Show will donate a portion of every sale through the run of Lazarus’s show to the American Civil Liberties Union.