THE DEVIL DOES NOT NEED AN ADVOCATE, HE IS CLEARLY RUNNING SHIT, and AND HE WEARS BLUE
by Matt Neff
THE DEVIL DOES NOT NEED AN ADVOCATE, HE IS CLEARLY RUNNING SHIT, and AND HE WEARS BLUE function as an ephemeral triptych of dissent. Formally, these prints recall the protest posters and banners of our past—their limited color palette and modest scale reference prints made on small, lightweight, one-color, offset presses, which were popular among the protest communities of the mid-1960’s. These presses were widely used by young activists to produce a high volume of posters, pamphlets, and radical publications at a low cost, and to serve as a visual signifier of the rich history of dissent in the United States.
These images were made from printing glitches, damaged proofs, and found textures, which were scanned, layered, and printed on a Risograph printer. When paired with the text, they function as reverberating visual feedback.
In line with the overarching concept of “Organize Your Own”—the still timely advice from the Black Panthers to the Young Patriots to focus their efforts on organizing their own communities—the text in these prints was derived from both observations of and participation in discourses between different groups of white people, in the wake of the multiple murders of unarmed people of color by white police officers. These prints stand in defiance not only of those in power who are perpetrating this horrendous violence, but perhaps even more saliently, in protest of the white communities that continue to passively stand by as these horrors unfold.