Transcendence singer Ed Hale stages new public art installation “Occupy a Building”
In Keeping With His Music Meets Activism Penchant, Singer-Songwriter Recording Artist Ed Hale Unveils A New Public Art Installation Called OCCUPY A BUILDING While In New York City Recording His Latest Solo Album.
NEW YORK, NY –- 07/28/12
Where does he find the time might be the question that comes to mind for many who have traced singer/songwriter recording artist Ed Hale over the last ten years of his ever busy career. Whilst in New York City to work on his as of yet untitled forthcoming new solo album, Hale quietly unveiled a new art installation, albeit a very public one. Taking up more than half of the top floor windows of an Upper West Side Manhattan apartment building, Hale has installed a series of fluorescent colored posters highly visible to onlookers from blocks away in all directions. The neon green and hot pink posters glean from the streets below, each of them displaying only one word, all of which one would be hard pressed to find disagreement or debate with on either side of the political fence. Words such as LOVE, PEACE, JUSTICE, and EQUALITY, along with a dozen more. A starkly different stance than his usual hard-Left leaning activities of the past — Hale has been known to dress up as a United States Army General carrying around placards reading FUCK WAR in protests and marches as recently as last year during several Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in various cities across the country — his latest stunt abandons political message entirely for something more New Age than revolutionary. Though the singer begs to disagree. “Politics have turned ugly lately haven’t they? So in that you are right. If negative campaign ads and constant partisan bickering is today’s politics, then it’s cool if you don’t see this as being political…” the singer commented during Saturday’s unveiling. “But I don’t see how the most basic human virtues –one of the primary reasons we hire politicians in the first place, to uphold these societal values, right? — cannot still be political. Call it what you will. Art. Activism. Politics. New Age… I don’t think what we call it is as important as it just being there. At least as long as they let us, right?”
Hale and several members of his band have flown into New York to continue working on Hale’s new album, the follow up to his successful Ballad On Third Avenue. Along with bassist Roger Houdaille and drummer Bill Sommer, the band will be streaming the sessions live on the internet via U-Stream to give their fans a closer look into the inner workings of their creative process. They will also take time to field questions from fans who can send them in via Twitter or Facebook. Hale said the impetus for the one-off art installation was “a quickie” based on the negative trend the country has taken to over the last few years, and that rather than make a specific political message for either side he wanted to just “try to counter some of this ongoing negativity we’re bombarded by in the media.”
A long time participant in the Occupy Movement since its inception, Hale stated that he has become weary of the movement’s tendency towards “inherent violence by it’s very nature.” “Let’s face it, the idea of ‘occupying’ itself is trespassing, which is against the law and inherently leads to conflict and negativity. There are other ways to express what the movement is about besides blocking people from entering or exiting their offices. I’m not saying there’s not a place for that. And I’m not judging that aspect of the movement. It’s important. It’s what in large majority has given the movement so much media attention. All we’re saying is that there are a lot of different methods to “occupy”. And further than that, there are a lot of ideals we are all trying to disseminate. Right? Simple positive messages are as powerful sometimes as the more obvious ones we hear all the time. ‘No More Greed!’ and all that. Well what is the opposite of greed? Equality? Fairness? Compassion? Why not get those messages out there too?”
So far Hale and his bandmates say there have been no complaints from their neighbors, so they intend to keep the signs up for as long as they are allowed to. “I think one of the most important aspects of what we are trying to do in the bigger picture is help to shift society towards more peaceful dialogue and compromise,” Hale stated. “And who can argue with that? ” Indeed, it is a hard argument to make.