Booth 105 at DesignerCon was a little different from most of the vending stations at last Saturday's toy and art convention when we passed it. There was no one standing behind the table to answer questions or sign autographs, no huge crowd looking for discounted items. There was, however, a lot of thought-provoking art dealing with topics like war, fast food and the economy. Many of the pieces incorporated elements of the Star Wars universe.
The booth belonged to L.A. street artist Free Humanity, whose work has been spotted across town. The standout piece was a poster with Yoda holding a paint roller and the quote, “Wars not make one great.” L.A. Weekly web editor Erin Broadley spotted this on Melrose Ave. a few months ago.
Other related pieces included: Boba Fett with the line “I'm sorry for the deaths of the innocent, but that happens in war”; a chicken in a Boba Fett costume with the tagline “I'm sorry for the deaths of the chickens, but that happens in a Fast Food Nation”; an AT-AT poster that reads “$65 billion in defense funds and we still don't have one of these” and a Death Star featuring the note “2.6 million jobs have been lost since the stimulus package was passed.”