What would happen to your art and work when faced with the fragility of life? That is the question you will ponder in “Stalin Says Fuck Cancer.” This workshop combines whimsical figures, historical figures, disease, art and inspiration as Jim leads you to consider your mortality, celebrate your vitality and most importantly, remember the power of play.
Who is Jim Riswold?
Jim Riswold was the former creative director for Portland, Oregon based advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. He was brought into the agency as its first copywriter hire in 1984, supervising the Honda account. In his 30 years at Wieden+Kennedy, he created advertising campaigns such as the Mars Blackmon (Spike Lee), Michael Jordan commercials for Nike as well as the famous Bugs Bunny–Jordan pairing. He also created the Bo Knows campaign for Nike featuring Bo Jackson, and the Tiger Woods commercial, entitled "I Am Tiger Woods."
After being diagnosed with leukemia in 2000 and surviving for five years, Riswold quit advertising to become a full-time contemporary artist. Riswold's photographs have been shown in galleries throughout the Northwest and hang in the permanent collections of several museums. Most of his works poke fun at historically taboo figures like Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini by constructing monumental settings in which the figurines were photographer. Riswold returned to W+K in 2008 to run WK12, the agency's experimental advertising school. In 2013, Riswold was inducted into The One Club's Creative Hall of Fame. He re-retired in March 2014.