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".
The series includes John Heartfield, Jessie Lopez De La Cruz, Lucy Parsons, Emily Wilding Davison, Mordechai Vanunu, Red Cloud, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nellie McClung, Tommy Douglas, and Paul Robeson.
NOIR CANADA illustrates the diary entries of Canadian Prime Minister MacKenzie King after his visit to Nazi Germany. Noir Canada is digitally printed on 90 lb. acid free paper.
"It really is quite chilling indeed (Noir Canada) other people who were seduced early by fascism were T.S. Elliot, Ezra Pound and Philip Johnson! But please, keep up the good work!"--Eric Drooker, the American Book Award winning artist of Flood
MURALS presents an alchemy of observations and philosophies attributed to a stock of characters who opt for a layer of personal distance that ranges from aloof to self-involved oblivion. The men and women of Murals interact face-to-face in a freeze-frame solitude that reflects the lingering disconnect of computer communication. Murals' technosumers infospeak while lusting after logos, but they seem perversely unwilling, or unable, to engage in meaningful discourse. As participants in both the technology and
consumer revolutions, their roles in, and obligations to, society have been diminished to merely sorting through the glut of ever shifting concepts that they are confronted by.
DRAWINGS: My watercolour drawings are observations on identity, culture and human interaction. They juxtapose opposites within wholes; details of the everyday conflicts we stammer through; the greys of our shadows. The attempt to communicate has been made easier with technology, but does it mean we understand each other any better? Does media depict us any clearer? Is diversity of thought any greater?
In these drawings paper is confronted by pen, pencil and water. It is a messy process, the lines are not straight and the water has its own direction. Though the meaning of an idea is not always clear, it should still be stimulating. The viewers' interpretation is necessary to 'get it' or 'get it their own way’. Knowing there is more than one interpretation, frees up our understanding.
See more of David Lester's work at www.buyolympia.com