November 5, 2009
Written by Erin Hawes
During these times of digital imagery, it is increasingly difficult to find printed work created by hand. However, there is a small group of dedicated craftsmen who refuse to let the age-old art of letterpress printing die.
The Landmark Gallery at the Texas Tech University School of Art will hold an exhibit reception for Contents Under Pressure: The Contemporary Letterpress Poster.
The reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 6). It is free and open to the public. This new exhibit features poster designs from some of the top letterpress artists from around the nation, and will remain on view until Dec. 19.
During these times of digital imagery, it is increasingly difficult to find printed work created by hand. However, there is a small group of dedicated craftsmen who refuse to let the age-old art of letterpress printing die. Contents Under Pressure focuses on these craftsmen as well as artists creating large- format posters using simple, bold images and unique, expressive typography to communicate contemporary messages.
The exhibit is curated by Dirk Fowler, associate professor of communication design, and includes works by Jules Remedios Faye of Stern & Faye Printers (Sedro-Wooley, Wash.); Bennett Holzworth (Lincoln, Neb.), Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. (Gordo, Ala.); Casey McGarr of Inky Lips Press (McKinney); and Brady Vest of HammerPress (Kansas City, Mo.).
The programs at Landmark Arts and the School of Art are made possible in part by grants from the Helen Jones Foundation and The CH Foundation. Additional support comes from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
The Art Building is located at 2802 18th Street (near the corner of 18th Street and Flint Avenue, just east of the Architecture Building on the Texas Tech campus). Visitor parking is available in the small lot adjacent to the Art Building.
Parking also is available on the fourth floor of the Flint Avenue Parking Garage for $1.20 per hour. Parking is free on weekends. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed on all university holidays.
The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts at Texas Tech offers a diverse array of programs and courses in art, music, theatre and dance.
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