David Lester is the guitar player in Mecca Normal. His paintings, graphics and cartoons have been exhibited across North America. In 2003, David was the curator of a five person art show at Word On The Street. His multi-panel Noir Canada -- a cautionary tale of how fascism spreads -- was featured in Broken Pencil, Canada's magazine of underground culture. David's cartoons introduce a cast of characters who demonstrate the best and the worst of society; they run regularly in the San Diego Reader. David is the publisher at Smarten Up! & Get To The Point, a small press devoted to poetry, experimental fiction, politics and artwork by community activists.
INSPIRED AGITATORS is a series of posters outlining the philosophies of a selection of international activists. History is embedded with obstacles that must have seemed insurmountable. Yet, again and again, battles are waged in climates of indifference, hostility and brutality. This collection represents inspired moments in history when: an Indian Nation wore down the U.S. government, an artist defied the Nazi party, women achieved the right to vote, a socialist government was elected in North America, universal healthcare was implemented, a union for all was organized, a woman was finally accepted legally as a person, a black man fought public lynchings.
The ten posters have been on recent tours with Mecca Normal as part of the "How Art & Music Can Change the World" workshop and the touring art exhibit "Inspired Agitators & the Pantomime Horse".
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