You're Already Dead by Juan Capistran

You're Already Dead by Juan Capistran


by Juan Capistran

Date: 2014

Medium: Archival pigment print

Dimensions: 21 in. by 17 in. 

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This Print was made in reference to an outdoor wall project by Los Angeles artist Juan Capistran who had identified the lyric from the song “You’re Already Dead” by the British punk band Crass. Crass (formed in 1977) is known for their political ideology, which promoted anarchism and resistance while encouraging personal political action. Capistran’s new outdoor wall project (facing La Cienega Boulevard at the southeast corner of Venice and La Cienega Boulevards in Los Angeles) picks up on the band’s lyric as a subcultural occurrence and elevates it to the status of popular culture in the sense that the sleeping masses may now wake up to the inanity (crassness) of massive governments and to the multinational organism that serves to oppress us commoners. In this case, the lyrical fragments from You’re Already Dead are crossed out as though someone doesn’t want you to see them or, perhaps, they are in the process of revision. Simultaneously, this marking out or graffiti busting of the two phrases could either represent the original writer’s reconsideration of what has been scribed or, maybe the first lyric was just way too pansy-ass for a street writer to take as he happened to be walking by. Whatever change of mind or second thoughts may develop, all bets are off as to what declaration might come next in terms of initiating a peoples’ collective sanity and sense of justice. Just like Crass would want it in a DIY society, the viewer decides.