Site-specific installation and paintings by Adam Turl (2015). Acrylic, coffee, gum and mixed media on canvas with found objects. From the 13 Baristas newspaper:
As we expect arrest (or worse) at any moment, we want to take, perhaps for the last time, this chance to share our story and some of our work.
In 2028 two art school drop-outs and baristas formed the “13 Baristas Art Collective.” While we always claimed to have 13 members, largely for narrative purposes, we never had more than four members at any one time. Maggie Cromwell, now missing, and Sidney Williams, the son of the late painter Calvin Williams, were the main force behind the “collective.” Four years ago Amy Sverdlov moved into their southwest side studio. Maggie and Sidney met during the 2025 strikes. Amy, a former coffee shop employee and adjunct art professor, joined them after the planning meetings for the 2033 relief demonstrations. The goal of our collective was always to elevate the complex narratives of other “proletarians”—not reduced to some abstraction, nor seen in isolation from social class. Maggie believed that our work should serve two purposes: To assert the pathos of proletarian morality in the present. And if we failed to abolish the current order, serve as a cultural building block for those remaining, those who would rebuild in the ruins. Reproduced here is a selection of the first paintings produced by Maggie and Sidney ten years ago. At that time we identified our subjects (based on our co-workers and friends) by letters and numbers.