July 9 - August 16, 2003
"Le Dernier Cri: Legendary Publishers of the International Underground"
works by a selection of artists featured in Le Dernier Cri, Marseille, France
Le Dernier Cri: Legendary Publishers of the International Underground is an exhibition of works by a selection of artists whose work has been published by the irreverent, independent publishing house Le Dernier Cri, (the last cry), whose stock in trade is extreme, unrepressed artistic expression that runs the gamut from art brut and art crude to revolting exposés/romances and digital tragedies. Artists include Pakito Bolino (France), Caroline Sury (France), Ota Keiti (Japan), Doctor Good (Switzerland), Stu Mead (U.S.A.), Julie Doucet (Canada), Mirka Lugosi (France), Reinhard Scheibner (Germany), Manuel Ocampo (Philippines), Fredox (France), Gary Panter (U.S.A.) and many others. Emerging from the ashes of the "underground zine" movement in Paris in the 1980s, Le Dernier Cri founded in 1993, has published more than 100 books. An almost second-nature approach to printmaking and publishing was observed by the exhibition's curator (a Le Dernier Cri featured artist), Georganne Deen, upon visiting the publisher's atelier in Marseilles. A long tradition of satirical underground publishing has existed in France, from Daumier's political cartoon etchings in the nineteenth century, to the underground comics that appeared in the 1960s to contemporary independent publishers. Operating out of an abandoned maternity hospital in Marseilles, Le Dernier Cri founders Pakito Bolino and Caroline Sury have created a space for experimentation in graphics, film, and publishing.
Le Dernier Cri: Legendary Publishers of the International Underground will feature prints, paintings, drawings, and animated films. A selection of 145 different Dernier Cri publications will be displayed and will be available for saleŠnot to be missed by the comic collector, or anyone else interested in rare books! An exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase. For more information visit www.track16.com.
July 9 - August 16, 2003
"East-West Graphics of Resistance"
political posters by U. G. Sato of Japan and Lex Drewinski of Poland
East-West Graphics of Resistance features political posters by U. G. Sato of Japan and Lex Drewinski of Poland. The bold, iconic styles of both artists employ visual puns and wit to underscore issues of serious concern in today's world. Curated by Carol Wells from the collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, this contemporary cross-global view offers graphic commentary on such issues as human rights, nuclear arms, ecology, AIDS, and the ongoing search for peace.
U. G. Sato, a graduate of the Kuwaxawa Design Institute in Japan, founded Design Farm in 1975. His works have been exhibited worldwide, in both group exhibitions and several one-person exhibitions. In 1995 he organized an anti-nuclear poster fax campaign in Paris and Tokyo to protest nuclear testing in the Pacific by France. In response to the United States military action against Iraq in 2003, he organized an anti-war poster fax campaign with Japanese artists.
Lex Drewinski, a graduate of the State Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland, worked as a freelance graphic designer until 1992, when he became a professor of the Faculty of Graphic Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany. There he organized an international project titled "Tolerance/Intolerance" which traveled to academic institutions in Madrid, Barcelona, and Ecuador. In 1998 he organized an international fax action campaign titled "Future Visions for Design" to coincide with the International Design Conference in Potsdam. For more information visit www.politicalgraphics.org.