Excited to see this Print release drop from Saber “Tool of Dissent” and will be available on his website. Below is the artist statement from the artist about the release and concept behind it.

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This serigraph was inspired by a Walt Whitman poem. Black and silver is a powerful statement on it’s own especially when written in spray paint. So also is using the printing process as a form of communication. So I began searching for poems, quotes and statements, nothing in particular other than something that felt current or right with these fast paced times. Finally I stumbled on to this Walt Whitman poem and the first sentence really stuck with me. This sentence sets up the conflict between the structure of institutions and ourselves. There is no shortage of dissent or debate lately especially within the urban power structures and the greater systems as a whole. If these institutions exist or not exist it is still the bond of people of like minds that hold an idea together. Writing a poem in the late 19th century was just as potent of an artistic tool of dissent as writing on walls is today in the new millennial. The idea of dissent is as ancient as the first power structures, so is using art as the tool of dissent.

“I hear it was charged against me that I sought to destroy institutions, But really I am neither for nor against institutions, (What indeed have I in common with them? or what with the destruction of them?) Only I will establish in Manhattan and in every city of these States inland and seaboard, And in the fields and woods, and above every keel little or large that dents the water, Without edifices or rules or trustees or any argument, The institution of the deer love of comrades.” -Walt Whitman

“TOOL OF DISSENT” STANDARD EDITION

“I Hear It Was Charged Against Me That I Sought To Destroy Institutions”…… -Walt Whitman

Standard Edition: 13 / Signed, Numbered On Back
Print Dimensions: 20” W x 30″ H
Print Substrate: Heavy Stock, Metallic Chrome Archival Paper With Polymer Coating
Hand-Crafted Deckle Edged Paper
Layered Hand Touched Spraypaint Details
Print Materials: Archival Acrylic Ink, Montana Spraypaint, and Etched In Ink Signiture
Each print comes with a signed COA

– Edition Variation
– Standard Edition: 72
– Blue Artists Proofs: 30
– Blue Dot Edition: 16
– Holographic Light Spectrum Edition: 12
– Hand Touched Artist’s Proofs Anomalies: 13

This print has a highly reflective metallic surface with a printed blue split fountain, spraypainted embellishments with glossy black. Each signature was etched into the wet ink creating textures in the inks surface. I also blasted with a fatcap a hand spraypainted color accent on top of the wet ink that created an interesting reaction that created a splattering bumbling texture.

This print was created at Pasadena City College in the Print Studio Department. A portion of these prints will be saved into the school’s archives. Only a portion of this edition will be available for sale through saberone.com