Alex Schaefer’s Chalking Protest

Alex Schaefer is also a very cool painter, his street scenes seem to run from the serene quotidian right up to the red area of the riot gauge, where the banks are burning and the people are taking the streets. But with this gentle, even playful activism, he exposes the scary, but somehow ridiculous, tendencies towards state repression. The pat down was offensive but amusing in that one could imagine the cop looking for some concealed chalk. They’re not so stupid after all, they can see that an idea is more powerful than anything they have on their bat utility belts. Schaefer was kept in custody for eight hours for his trouble and has an approaching arraignment and process.