In a year where a historic election is before us, the idea for a poster campaign came to Ray Noland in the summer of 2006, when he was home recuperating from a serious bicycle accident.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Ray had been “pedaling through an intersection when a turning car broadsided him. Noland woke the next day in the hospital with tubes in his arms, a broken cheek bone, two missing teeth and a dislocated shoulder. Recovering in bed for six weeks, he started thinking about what he wanted to do with his life. “I wanted to do something to make an impact. After the accident, I felt like, ‘Man, this is another chance at life. You better make it good.”
Working as a graphic designer, Ray crafted a series of inspirational, retro-looking Obama images, from his apartment, that began appearing, graffiti-style, around Chicago on abandoned buildings and light posts last summer. “Noland uses a mixture of fine art, politics, marketing, and strategy to spread awareness and create enthusiasm about the Obama campaign,” says URB magazine.
His exuberent “Go Tell Mama – I’m for Obama” t-shirts and a line of posters featuring the words “dream” and “hope” make us think a little bit of Andy Warhol and a lot of Martin Luther King, Jr., but most importantly they place Noland’s art in the center of politics getting it noticed in a big way.
Not only has his work appeared on the front page of the Wall Street journal, but his self financed General Election artwork exhibit Got Next Tour 2008 is being hosted with great enthusiasm around the country, and is now slated to finish up at the Democratic Convention itself.
To buy one of Ray’s posters, which are expected to rise astronomically in value if Obama is elected, go to www.GoTellMama.org.