_Heritage Posters - a meta-tease shirt project
Tease Shirts for Clarence is a manageable collection of posters to be passed around within a group.
16” x 20” set of twelve mounted to black foam core - scroll down for more.
Each poster is labeled with the title and page at the bottom, like below:
Heritage Drawings 1-24 1970 by Clarence LeGrand Sjögren A Freethinking Methodist b 1898 - d 1970
A Tease Shirt Project by Doris Sjögren Rowe A Freethinking Humanist ©2008
_Brooklyn Born & Brainwashed
Applying bright wax to every page in thick coloring books kept me at my Dad’s side in the basement of our Brooklyn home where he drew with calipers and a red/blue pencil the design of the American flag. He was a career teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School and was challenged to show his students the importance of one person acting with others to create a decent society.
Earning a BS in Social Science from the City College of New York he was challenged to define for his students the semantics with symbols that could be used by them, their teachers, counselors and our elected representatives.
(Dad considered himself a man of letters - not an artist!)
X - marks the spot, one point representing the locus where one person stands.
In 1943 his students asked:— "What are we fighting for?" In 2007 students ask:— "Why are we fighting?"
Please take the time to view my Dad’s drawings that inform my own work.
Dad was certain that a simple pair of dividers, an A, held by a civics teacher, would be The Tool to show and tell about how one person fits into a democratic society. (And, no, he was not a Mason. He was a Freethinking Methodist. I became a Freethinking Humanist - without the need for supernaturals.)
My Dad, Clarence LeG. Sjögren (b.1898 - d. 1970) created his last drawings for our family and are filled with philosophy and common sense values from his experience.
The Heritage Collection Two Tease Shirts for Dad
It has been an ardent wish that some day I might present his drawings in a dignified and loving manner ... from his daughter ... combined with my own personal philosophy.
Searching for what is true and meaningful comes to each of us in unique ways. What’s on your chest is a matter of individual experience from the beginning of time; Does each day require a different shirt - a different slogan - a different message?
The large 18x24 inch drawings, folded in half as a book with drawings on both sides, were scanned on a huge rolling device and returned to me as digital files 300 dpi tiffs for me to use to create something new. I have combined my “meta” tease shirt idea with his drawings in this new contemporary collection.
The collection is held as large book with unbound pages. Each poster to be passed around to be read individually within a group prepared to address the lessons viewed.
Each poster is beautifully printed, laminated and mounted to black foam core.
Curiously, my Dad died in 1970 at seventy-one years. It has taken me that long - another lifetime to bring his work before the public eye.
You know, if it aint' published .... it doesn't exist.
I can feel Dad's smile.