What began in the fall of 2006 as the simple production of 25 limited edition DREAM screen-printed posters has become an internationally recognized graphical depiction of inspiration, hope, and change. Inspired by Barack Obama's fresh take, Ray Noland aka CRO, a Chicago-based graphic artist, developed a series of inspirational Obama images and animated videos which expressed the true nature of the campaign.
GoTellMama! was created in conjunction with the official announcement of Obama for America. Its mission was to parallel the official race, to inspire the public, and to heighten awareness of Barack Obama using non-traditional tactics such as a national street art and viral video campaign. During the primary elections, GoTellMama! toured the country with the Officially Unofficial Art Show - which premiered in Chicago during Super-Tuesday and traveled to Philadelphia, Raleigh and Portland. As a result of Obama clenching the nomination GoTellMama! embarked on the general election GOT NEXT! Tour 'o8 - with site-specific art installations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Atlanta and Chicago.
Street campaign throughout the U.S. during the 2008 election
In the 24 months leading up to the 2008 election, having hosted 10 art exhibitions in 9 cities, driven over 20,000 miles, viewed by over 50,000 on Youtube, and with work in the collections of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian and collectors as far reaching as Switzerland & Australia, CRO has solidified a place in history as a creator of the Obama Art Movement.
Featuring hundreds of works of art created by Obama supporters across the country in a 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse. Participating artist include Shepard Fairey, Ray Noland, Maya Hayuk, El MAC, Ron English and many others.
ManifestHOPE Group Show
All videos in collaboration with Rebecca Berdel
Opening Reception photos by Virgil Solis