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Richard Posner

in South Central Los Angeles, California USA

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Richard Posner is an Berlin-based, American-born assemblage-artist. His doppelgänger is „a craftsman, hunched
over a kitchen table full of detritus in a dimly-lit hinterhof-atelier (who) abracadabras flotsam and jetsam into a
plastic toy vehicle, one at a time, by hand.“ Like the coconut-shell clomping horseman in Monty Python and
The Holy Grail, Posner’s black humor engages viewers in serious fun, seriously.

GWOTBOTS / Global War On Terror Robots demonstrate Posner’s ability to transform childish second-
hand toys into mature first-rate artwork. His Nabokovian exhibition title anagram is a bittersweet critique
of the coalition-of-the-willing Iraqi occupation zeitgeist:

G lobal War On Terror Robots elect faith-driven chief executive officer.
W orkers revolt, demand secular control of plastic toy vehicle production.
O il field strike ignites insurgent vs. infidel black-gold power struggle.
T housands killed and maimed from plastic toy vehicle assembly-line sabotage.
B ankruptcy triggers bizarre twists in god-fearing vs. prophet-sharing holy war.
O ffshore plastic toy vehicle manufacture outsourced to undisclosed locations.
T errorists hijack plastic toy vehicle caravan, behead passengers and drivers.
S tork delivers sextuplets to strawberry blond in back seat of plastic toy vehicle.

GWOTBOTS are named after the villages, towns and cities around the world where terrorist activity,
i.e. nonlinear and noncontiguous fighting - where there is no front line and no such thing as an innocent
civilian - has either occured or is presently happening.

GWOTBOTS question the gun-toting, god-fearing and gay bashing aspects of current U.S. Administration
reaction to this violence. Each inanimate toy vehicle becomes a derisive probe, ricocheting off one-
another to create an ideological traffic jam of epic proportions.

GWOTBOTS challenge the ‚If you are not with us you are with the enemy,’ threats of political blackmail
from men behind thrones. The hybrid vehicles drive against traffic on the one-way street named ‚If you
tell a lie often enough people will believe it true.’ Two of many expressions of political propaganda
currently favored by top Bush advisor Mr. Karl Rove, and culled from collected writings of the early
Wizard of Oz and the late Joseph Goebbels.

GWOTBOTS invite reflection upon the ways which design activity and political thought are indivisible.

Global War On Terror Robots have become prescient -- as daily accounts of mounting
Iraqi deaths appear in the news, itself an anagram of the words North,East,West,South,

„Folks, I don’t make this stuff up,“ Posner says, quoting humorist Will Rogers,
„all I know is what I read in the newspapers.“

Copywrite R. Byte & M. Frei 2004


Selected Education
1976 M.F.A. California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California, USA

Selected Awards
2004 Fulbright Fellow, Guest Artist, Bronze Foundry, Kunsthochschule Weissensee
2003 Fulbright Fellow, Guest Artist, Architecture Program, Technical University Berlin
2002 Jackson Pollock - LeeKrasner Foundation Fellow, New York
2001 Artist-in-Residence, Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, New York
2000 Artist-in-Residence, Karl-Hofer-Gesellschaft, Hochschule der Kuenst, Berlin
Artist-in-Residence, Harzkristall Glass Factory, (former East) Germany
1999 Artist-in-Residence, Institut fuer Gruenplanung und Gartenarchitektur, Univ. Hannover
1979 Fulbright Fellow, Guest Artist, Konstfackskoland, Stockholm Sweden
1977 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Exploratorium, San Francisco

Selected Public Projects
2004 Mein Leben Grit, Berliner Ensemble, German-American Fulbright Commission
2002 Seven Forbidden Names For God As Anthrax Letters, University of Illinois, USA
2000 Der WiderHakenKraeuterGarten, Stadtkunstprojekt commissioned memory garden for Freiheit 8 Synagogue site, Berlin-Koepenick Germany
1992 Hope Diamond, temporary earthwork, University of Southern California
Consumers Lobby, main entry, U.S. Food & Drug Administration District Headquarters, Bothell, WA. Awarded American Public Art Design Excellence First Prize
1987 Tunnel Garden, pedestrian tunnel, University of Washington, Seattle

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Selected Solo Exhibitions
2004 Global War On Terror Robots, Galerie Blickensdorff, Berlin
1995 LA Earthquake Reconstructions, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1988 Poor Richard's Almanac, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN
1987 Pro-American Bandstand, Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
Memory in Aftermath of Vietnam Wash.Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
1985 Posner Drawing and Sculpture: 1975-85, Center on Cont.Art, Seattle, WA
1979 Fowl Music, Galleri Mornier, Stockholm, Sweden

Selected Group Exhibitions
2004 Art Cologne, Galerie Blickensdorff, Berlin
Bottle Rockets, BerlinerKunst Projekt, Berlin
2002 Baseball & Playing Indian (w/Charlene Teters) American Natural History Mus. NYC
1996-2000 It's Only Rock 'N Roll Traveling exhibition organized by Phoenix (AZ) Museum of Art
1995 Old Glory New Story, Capp Street Project, San Francisco
1989-92 A Different War, Frederick White Gallery, UCLA
1988-90 The Eloquent Object, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Monument and Memorial, New Langton Arts, San Francisco
1987 New Sculpture, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
1982 New Directions, Musee des Arts Decoraifs of the Louvre, Paris, France
1979 Glass Americans, Hessiches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, West Germany

Selected Collections
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

2000 The Gate of Heaven Broken glass garden documentation, Berlin-Köpenick
1995 Hope Diamond, Stained grass turf painting documentation, Los Angeles, CA. gentrification of Culver City Hayden Tract Industrial Park neighborhoodtime-lapse chronicle of creation/dissolution of temporary earthwork made in the aftermath of 1993 Consumer's Lobby, Bar-code crosswalks, mural documentation, Seattle, WA.

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Selected Bibliography
Allen, H., Vietnam: The Modern War in Art and Memory, The Washington Post, October 4, 1987
Austin, R., 1992 GSA Design Awards, Washington, D.C., November 1992
Baker, K., American Broken Glass, San Francisco Chronicle, June 21, 1986
Berkson, B., Report From Seattle, Art in America, September 1986
Brown, Patricia Lee, Reading Messages in Bottles, The New York Times, Feb. 6, 1997
Butterfield, J., Quite Clear Cut: The Glass Proseof Richard Posner, Center on Contemporary Art, June 1985
California College of Arts and Crafts, Alumni Review, November/December 1985
Callister, S., Glass Fence Rises in Window, The Oregonian, May 20, 1983
Chartier, C., Contemporary American Monuments, Art-On-File, 1986
Connell, J., A True Mystery, The Bellingham Herald, March 2, 1983
Commissions, American Craft, October-November 1987
Corning Museum, New Glass: A World Survey, 1979
Corning Museum, New Glass Review, No. 5, 1983
Craft Horizon (Cover), February 1978
Cumbow, R., Public Art/Private Vision, Artsline, May 1985
Daly, M.S., War Images and Memory, The Washington Post, September 17, 1987
Douthout, A., Perspectives: The Viking Symbol Mystery, Kohler Arts Center, August-October 1983--, The Dream Chartres of Four Gone Conclusions, Stained Glass, Fall 1982
Dunham, J., Conjunctions of Art and Science, Artweek, May 6, 1978
Eby, Douglas, Richard Posner as Professional Jaywalker, HIGH PERFORMANCE, Fall, 1996
Edelstein, J., Minneapolis, CONTEMPORANEA, September/October 1988
Gas Journal 2001, Corning Museum of Glass
Gamarekian, B., Remembering Vietnam, The New York Times, September 14, 1987
General Services Administration 1992 Design Awards
Godden, J., Mental Carwash Outscrubs Garage Art Ideas, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 11, 1986
Glowen, R., Architecture Under Glass, Arts + Architecture, May 1985
Glass Encounters: Richard Posner, American Craft, June/July 1984
Glass Magazine, Richard Posner, “Luminous Journalism” Fall 2002
Glueck, G., Art People, The New York Times, February 10, 1978
Fischer, Adelheid, Poor Richard's Almanac ARTS Magazine, Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts
Frank, Peter, Pick of the Week, LA WEEKLY, February 23, 1995
Hackett, R., Tunnel Vision, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 24, 1986
Hildebrand, G., A Little Extra Care: Thoughtful Design Garage Preserves a 'Sacred' Site, Seattle Times, May 1983
Hibbard, R., Pacifist's Vision is a Tribute to Vets, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 2, 1985 Intervention and Alchemy: A Public Art Primer, with Craig Davidson, Visual Arts Program, First Banks of Minneapolis, 1990
Kendall, S., Artists: Surviving in Seattle, Seattle Times, May 8, 1983
Kitschinas, self-published catalog, 1981
Kingsley, April, Warm is Hot, American Craft, October-November, 1997
Kucera, G., Gallery Artists, Greg Kucera Gallery, October 1986
LeSeuer, M., Richard Posner's Exploratorium Project, Glass Arts Society Journal, 1979
Martin, Mary Abbe, Poor Richard's Almanac, Minneapolis Star/Tribune, April 8, 1988
Manhart, M., The Eloquent Object, Philbrook Museum of Art, 1987
Marks, B., A Conversation with William T. Wiley and Richard Posner, COCA Folio, June 1985
Memnon, K., Living Bridge Proposed in Bethesda, The Chevy Chase Gazette, October 4, 1990
Miller, C., Viet Ngo: Infrastructure as Art, Public Art Review, Spring-Summer 1990
Moody, F., The Benefits of Art By Committee, The Weekly, May 1985
Muchnic, S., Stained Glass: From Social Comment to Decoration, Artweek, January 8, 1977
News-Gazette, Richard Posner: Anthrax Artist, March 3, 2002
Northwest Artist's Stained Glass is Accepted by Metropolitan Museum of Art
Petra, T., The Aftermath of Vietnam, The Boston Globe, November 1, 1987
Phillips, C., American Glass: Northwest, 1984
Pitzl, J. Public Art Made in Response to Civic Unrest, The Octopus, Feb. 22, 2002
Poesner, Alan, Scherben und Schafgarde, Die Welt, June 23, 2000 Koepenicker Widerhaken, Die Welt, Sept. 1, 2000
Posner, R., Bottle Homes and Gardens:Survey of No Deposit/No Return Architecture, Arcade, Vol.1 No. 10, 1982
"Hope Diamond", High Performance Magazine, Summer 1993
Public Art Annual 1992, Art in America
Public Art Annual 1993, Art in America
Public Art Trust, Posner's Defence of Light, Public Art Connection, Vol. 1 No. 3, 1984
-- Raging Bull Durham = Public Art Dialogue , Public Art Review, Summer-Fall 1989
Rigan, O., New Stained Glass, San Francisco Book Co., 1976
Seattle Arts, The New Commissioner, Seattle Arts Commission Newsletter, Vol. 8 No. 7, 1985
--, "Hope Diamond", Sculpture Magazine, May/June 1994
Schmidl Karin, Wohnen, wo die Synagoge stand, Berliner Zeitung, August 25, 2000
Swallowed, L., A Madcap Glass Menagerie, The Weekly, Vol. 9 No. 25, June 20, 1984
Solo, B., Stained Glass, Time, Vol. III No. 11, March 13, 1978
Spar,(Cover), Seattle, Washington, No. 6 March 1982
Stained Glass: Hope Diamond, Glasswork Quarterly, Spring 1993
Steinman, L., The Crystal Pallets: Defence of Light, Neues Glas (West Germany), February 1984
Stuhr, J., Calido! Contemporary Warm Glass, Tucson Museum of Art, 1997
Temme, V., Profile: Richard Posner, Stained Glass, Summer 1982
Thorson, A. Exhibit Shows the Many Sides of Vietnam War, Washington Times, September 24, 1987
Through The Glass Canvas, Glass Magazine, New York Exper. Glass Workshop, No. 40, Spring-Summer 1990
Topical Fish, self-published catalog, 1981
Trash Turned Into Treasure, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 15, 1981
Turner, P., Richard Posner, Alaska Airlines Magazine, March 1987
Twenty-One Gun Salute, 911, Seattle Arts Magazine, May/June 1985
Vietnam War Art Succeeds Where Politics Failed In D.C., Seattle Post Intelligencer, October 12, 1987
Visionary Projects, Landscape Architecture, December 1993
Ward, Ed, The Garden of Earthly Frights, The Wall Street Journal Europe, September 3-4, 1999
Washington Project for the Arts, War and Memory in the Aftermath of Vietnam, 1987
Wickman, K., Fargade Glasfonster, Svensk Form, Stockholm, February 1979
William, R., Ed., Unwinding the Vietnam War (Cover), Real Comet Press, 1987
Windows, Exploratorium Magazine, Vol.2 No.5, December 1979
Windows of Vulnerability: the Calligraphy of Window Repairs, Clinton Street Quarterly, Vol. 5 No. 3, Spring 1983
Wolschke-Buhlman, Joachim, Site, Sight and Zeit Catalog, Univ. of Hannover, Germany 1998
Yelle, Richard, Glass Art from Urban Glass,Schiffer Art Book, 2000
Zzyzy, Vol III No. 1, San Francisco, CA, Spring 1987

2000 The Gate of Heaven Berlin broken glass garden project documentation
1995 Meetings with Remarkable Men, Work-in-progress documentary about gentrification of Culver City Hayden Tract Industrial Park neighborhood.
Hope Diamond, in-progress time-lapse chronicle of creation/dissolution of temporary earthwork made in the aftermath of 1992 Los Angeles Uprising
1991 Consumer's Lobby, KIRO/CBS TV, Seattle, July 1991
1989 Goddess of Liberty AnteChamber, Austin City Council debate over an ant farm/shoji screen public artwork proposal for Robert Mueller Airport.
1986 Richard Posner, KCTS TV, Public Television Seattle
1985 Veterans Lobby, KING TV, NBC affiliate, Seattle
1984 Glassblowers, Bilingual musical based on dust jacket synopsis of the Daphne DuMaurier novel of the same name
1983 Crystal Pallets, KPTV TV, ABC Affiliate, Portland

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