Political Satire




Lincoln Arts Project, the new-ish hipster gallery in Waltham (yes, Waltham) also known as LAP, presents a group exhibition ripe with celebration in time for Independence Day, aptly titled Fuck Yeah America! Featured artists include Robyn Day, Jes Hughes, Molly Kennedy, Angela Jennings, Daniel Lambert, Ali Reid, Charlie Smith and Dave Tolmie.

According to LAP-er Pat Falco, “Artists submitted lots of different interpretations of Fuck Yeah America! Some funny, others political or satirical. Some works were vaguely related to America—like pictures of Confederate flags. The spirit was defined more by the artists than the gallery.” The exhibition includes works in printmaking, sculpture, photo, stencil installation, painting and collage.

“My initial reaction,” artist David Tolmie says about interpreting the theme for submission, “was that it was something bold, fun, and in your face—and makes you want to look further—to find out what it’s all about.” Tolmie, who uses stenciled LEGO bricks, will create a site-specific installation.

“What better symbolizes America than the American flag?” he exclaims about his piece, which consists of stacked bricks forming—you guessed it—the calling card of Betsy Ross.

When artist Angela Jennings was asked how her collage piece “Coke” [pictured] helps interpret the “Fuck Yeah America” theme, she replied with the following poem:

consume and bulge
red, white and blue, a boston cream too
masking tape and glue wondering through
fuck yeah america.

political, sarcastic, patrioticthree panels, red and white
coke, mcdees, a boston cream put on squares of hopes and dreams
they have fallen in between
fuck yeah america.

Falco—who bikes from his home at Southie’s Distillery to LAP daily (“Waltham is not too far!”)—and Elliot Anderson are the gallery partners behind LAP. Falco’s recent exhibitions include Phidas Gold Paper Toy Show, Conflict and By Hook or By Crook. He explains that “we’re really trying to be an ‘alternate’ space.

After graduating MassArt I realized the Boston art scene is pretty lame, especially for young artists. Instead of moving to New York, I really wanted to stay here and help change it.

It’s a little idealistic, but the city has a lot of potential and a lot of great artists.

“It’s a great little cultural center right on the Charles river,” Falco says of LAP’s downtown Moody Street area. “There’s lots of great food, and a bunch of buses from Cambridge and downtown that get here, as well as the commuter rail.” LAP’s opening receptions feature local beer from Watch City Brewery, and “some really cool work that you probably wouldn’t get the chance to see outside of galleries in the colleges,” Falco says. “We’re also hoping our position between the city and the affluent western suburbs will connect artists and buyers.

“We want to be an active space. We’re working on a getting a residency studio in our basement, trying to start a ‘zine library and we’re in the process of planning a mural block party for the wall on the side of our building, hopefully all this summer.”

Fuck Yeah Falco! Fuck Yeah Waltham! And Fuck Yeah America!


THUR 6.30.11-SAT 7.9.11