Below is a series of drawings sketched by artist, Clark Stoeckley, at the Motion Hearing for U.S. v. PFC Bradley Manning on March 15 and 16, 2012 at Fort Meade, MD.
Stoeckley was situated either in the courtroom gallery or in the media operations center, where a live video feed of the proceedings was broadcast.
Bradley Manning has been held without trial since May 29, 2010. Former State Department spokesperson, P.J. Crowley, described Manning's treatment by the U.S. as "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid." Crowley also said, the "exercise of power in today's challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values."
The same week that Crowley was forced to resign for his remarks, Stoeckley adorned a former U-Haul box-truck with the WikiLeaks hourglass logo and signage reading: "Release Bradley Manning" and "WikiLeaks Top Secret Mobile Information Collection Unit".
Stoeckley drove the now world famous WikiLeaks Truck around the White House, and was subsequently arrested and interrogated by Secret Service, despite his never having been charged with a crime.
Stoeckley WikiLeaks Truck has been a staple of Occupy Wall Street since September 17, delivering food and supplies to the revolution in New York, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and Newark.
Stoeckley, a New York City based artist, activist, and performer, works in wide variety of media and under several monikers. A recent graduate from Brooklyn College's Performance and Interactive Media Arts program, he now teaches painting, drawing, and digital art at Bloomfield College in New Jersey.
Though widely covered by the news, the WikiLeaks Truck is rarely noticed by the Art press. However, Stoeckley’s was featured in "The Joke's on Us" in the December 2011 issue of ARTnews The article described a hoax lecture that Stoeckley delivered on New York City pranksters wearing NYPD Vandal Squad Task Force uniform.
Stoeckley’s art has been shown in the Pratt Manhattan Gallery; Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; and the Detroit Institute of Art. You can find Clark Stoeckley on Twitter @WikiLeaksTruck
In the series below, Stoeckley starts with rough pencil sketches, then darkens those lines with ink, and fills the page with colored pencil. He then scans the drawing and works in Photoshop.
The series contains: