"Detroit-based Artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. uses letterpress printing and bold type to stir up strong emotions through print. As printer and provocateur, his work asks uncomfortable questions about issues of race, equality, and artistic pretension. The exhibition at Pyramid Atlantic will share nearly 200 of his prints, priced between $10 and $50.
The exhibited works are printed primarily on chipboard using wood and metal type. Several oversized prints on maps are also included. A vocal advocate for the democratization of art and design, much of Kennedy’s work is inspired by quotes or proverbs, printed (and over printed) in thick black type on top of wildly layered colors. This collection of prints includes powerful and often assertive phrases such as “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest,” “Our Mistreatment Was Just Not Right And I Was Tired Of It,” “Be Nice or Leave!” “Vote 2020,” “Nobody Can Live Your Dreams,” and “Choose Courage Over Comfort.”
At the age of 40, Kennedy encountered a printing press on a family vacation to Colonial Williamsburg. He soon quit his career in tech to pursue one in printmaking. Kennedy attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned an MFA in 1997. He later taught graphic design at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. Currently, he runs a letterpress studio, Kennedy Prints (http://www.kennedyprints.com/), in Detroit and also teaches workshops all around the world. In 2008, he was featured in the documentary film: Proceed and Be Bold!
This exhibition is made possible in part through funding from Maryland Milestones/ATHA and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County."
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