ART PROJECTION SERVICES: ARTtorneys At Work was an installation project during the culture wars in the US, resulting in the defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts for individual artists.
ARTtorneys At Work was founded by Karen Atkinson in response to the need to fight for freedom of expression in this country. With the horrific claims against the freedom to speak freely, and the challenges all of us are up against in voicing our opinions, the time to act is now. This is not a new repression, but has increased considerably with the National Endowment for the Arts controversy, and key public "representatives" such as Jesse Helms and Dana Rohrabacher acting against free speech.
The ARTtorneys At Work produces work to speak for freedom of expression and other issues related to the arts, including public posters, works for exhibition, and various other ways to get the word out, including STICK-ITS, Ra-Decals for the Freedom of Expression, which are self-adheisive stickers that can be stuck anywhere. A series of posters are being designed, following the current one "Visionaries of Their Time", which features a photo of Helms, McCarthy, and Hitler. (Bush was asked to address the AIDS conference in San Francisco early this summer, and he declined, instead, choosing to spend the day with Jesse Helms. During his visit to Helms, he endorsed Helms for re-election and stated that "Helms was a visionary of his time.") This is our response to that statement.
The STICK-ITS were produced with Beverly Naidus, and the posters have been distributed by various members of the community. Mr. Wasil helped collaborate on the "Visionaries" poster. While most of the artists remain anonymous, which we all rather keep that way, the ARTtorneys was developed from an exhibition by Karen Atkinson and Associates that set up a mock lawyers office called "ART PROTECTION SERVICES, Karen Atkinson and Associates, ARTtorneys For Art" in Los Angeles and sold artist designed postcards and mailing labels at cost to the public to send to their representatives. Over 20,000 postcards were sent from that project.