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John Mitchell was a founding member of the artist-run PUMPS group. He often used the pseudonym “Mitchelangelo.” Mitchell's oeuvre includes video, writing, sculpture, drawing, and performance pieces. He ideated the mayoral campaign of Vincent Trasov as Mr. Peanut in the 1974 Vancouver civic election, and also acted as Mr. Peanut’s campaign manager and spokesperson in the 20-day performance.