Tuesday, May 23, 2017

For the Homeless, Murdered and Missing I decided to Walk to Ottawa

The 2017 Not A Bystander art project by Doug Brinkman draws on community feedback and participation while focusing camera and canvases on the issues of anger, violence and bullying. Website: http://www.ciactivist.org/

Monday, May 15, 2017

Crazy Describes the Behavior - Non Violence Oiler Jersey

Not a Bystander 4th Installment Non Violence Jersey 

 Edmonton hockey fan says she was punched 
for wearing San Jose jersey - Global News

Crazy Describes the Behavior - Non Violence Jersey

BULLYING: "We took off the jersey just to be safe. We get out of the building super quickly and then we get in to the truck and we just leave, then I get to put my Sharks jersey back on and get all excited and jumpy,”  11-year-old Ty.  Global News 

9 Afghan Boys Gathering Firewood - September 11, 2011 Retribution

Today I've added my 3rd installment to the project that focuses on anger, violence and bullying. 

This 2013 oil painting titled "9 Afghan Boys Gathering Firewood" tells a story of how we as allied nations fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan played a deadly part in killing innocent children. 

 I first displayed this painting in public in front of the Edmonton Folk Festival to protest the Canadian singer songwriter Bruce Cockburn for his promoting continued war in Afghanistan. It was used then to protest the Former Progressive Conservative Defense Minister Gordon O Connor after his 2007 visit to Edmonton to address our troops. He declared then that Canada's participation in Afghanistan was 9/11 retribution (An eye for an eye) for the 24 Canadians killed on September 11, 2001. 

Here is the YouTube from my one-man demonstration (Not A Bystander to violence of war) outside the Edmonton Folk Festival in 2013: https://youtu.be/X3KM9cB5xtc

BY THE OTTAWA CITIZEN JANUARY 21, 2007 EDMONTON - Canada is fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan in "retribution" for the 9/11 attacks that killed at least 3,000 people, including 25 Canadians, Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor said yesterday. The hard-hitting comments, which prompted a round of applause from Mr. O'Connor's Edmonton audience, came in addition to the government's usual reasoning about Canada's duty to help the Afghanistan people. 
Edmonton Questions September 11, 2001

Post Media/ Ottawa Citizen has since removed this news story.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Vimy - Not A Bystander

Early morning

Vimy-Not A Bystander by Doug Brinkman, April 9&11, 201, 16x20 Acrylic First completed painting to the 2017 Not A Bystander art project that focuses on Anger, Violence & Bullying

Friday, April 7, 2017

Partially completed "She smiles after all that..."

She smiles after all that... Friday April 7, 2017 Partially completed. The 2017 Not A Bystander art project.
Website: http://www.ciactivist.org/

Community Participation - What an honour!

She just came up to me and smiled and then took my paint brush and palette out of my hand and began to paint. Her Husband and Son looked a bit shocked and I said "Its okay, this is exactly what I wanted to see happen with my art project, community participation!" She's from China and doesn't speak English but her husband told me she's was a painter back in China. I bowed and thanked her.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The 2017 Not A Bystander art project begins

April 1, 2017 First Survey Results: I asked passerby's randomly by the Alberta Legislature Friday and Edmonton City Hall Saturday "What should I paint on my canvases that focuses on ills of society's anger, violence and bullying? Doug Brinkman - Not A Bystander Website. 

The 2017 Not a bystander art project that focuses my camera and canvases on Anger, Violence and Bullying begins!