MANUFACTURISM is a new artistic movement developed and established by artists Anthony Harper, Chanel Harper and Manivone Nonthaveth.
Manufacturism is conceptual art that reflects the model of capitalism through inventing and manufacturing a prototype of provocative and functional products and services that support the idea of CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION. These products and services or “manufestations”, act as a marketing tool to sell an idea, create awareness, or to stimulate dialogue.
Anthony Harper creates a glaring statement about racism in the 21st Century, with a new piece called Unwanted Hair. Unwanted Hair is a three-piece body of conceptual art consisting of a sculpture made of human hair, a donation bank, and a book of photographs with creative commentary from fellow artists. Conceptually, this piece of work is rooted in the fact that, this year a donation of African-American locked hair was deemed “inappropriate,” and rejected by the national non-profit cancer organization.
Manufacturists, Anthony Harper and Manivone Nonthaveth have taken homeless signs off the streets and into an artistic body of work called Dollar$igns. Homelessness is branded by the all too familiar exploitive imagery of an individual holding a brown cardboard sign on a street corner asking for help. While Dollar$igns removes this element of exploitation by presenting “help” signs as art. The signs are products or manufestations of everyone’s reality, money. Given that the signs are purchased based on creative merit not on perception of neediness, the idea is that the individual can make an artistic contribution to the economy. Once a sign is purchased, it must be replaced, forcing new signs to be manufactured.