October 28, 2011

Posters, with window reflections.

Some interesting sayings, especially for Madison:


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Inside the Overture Center, it was a demonstration of poster printing.

ADDED: I enlarged a photograph enough to see the printer's name "Kennedy Prints," and Googling, I got here and found this trailer for a documentary about Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.:



Wow! Click on the last link in the post for a picture of Kennedy. Click through to the enlargements. The aphorisms on the posters are really terrific.

40 comments:

Michael said...

These are excellent. I am glad to see that there is some real life and humor and creativity at the UofW.

Petunia said...

I wonder how long it will be before some sanctimonious, easily-offended protestor smashes one of the windows.

ricpic said...

What, no Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin?

Tyrone Slothrop said...

That's some great stuff.

My favorite is "Catching fish is not the whole of fishing." This wins the Zen Post of the Day award.

Ann Althouse said...

"These are excellent. I am glad to see that there is some real life and humor and creativity at the UofW."

This was going on in the lobby of the Overture Center, which isn't part of the University. I'm sorry I didn't get any more information about this activity, but I think it was connected to the Wisconsin Book Festival. I can't find any articles about it on line.

I'd give the printer a mention if I knew who it was.

traditionalguy said...

I love it. Those is another version of The Smoking Ad. Authentic is a shared experience. Fantasy is an individual delusion like LSD trips.


So Madison has hope after all.

How about " Caution:Althouse/Meade are videoing here"

Ann Althouse said...

Ah! I enlarged a poster enough to see the credit. It's "Kennedy Prints."

I found this on line:

"At 40 years of age, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. abandoned the traditional American Dream to follow his own. Unsatisfied with his comfortable, middle-class life, Amos traded in his computer for a printing press and his white collar for a pair of overalls. Armed with life, liberty, peanuts, and a meager yearly income of $7,000, Amos cranked out a new, mutinous declaration of independence."

traditionalguy said...

Good grammar is a shared experience too, so insert "Those are"

Psychedelic George said...

Is there a website where these posters are sold?

Henry said...

Fantastic stuff.

I was going to share the FlickR URL on my Facebook feed, but FlickR blobs up the "share" with a huge promotional marketing slug.

So instead I shared the post link. The slug, for some reason, is Tyrone Slothrop's comment. Thanks, Tyrone!

ricpic said...

I don't care if this sounds snobbish: I feel nothing but pity for those who buy cutesy deep slogans or sayings to put on their walls.

traditionalguy said...

I want that "Do the Dishes "poster.

Thank God for dishwashers, but clearing the table and slipping stuff them into the dishwasher is a job.

Mitochondri-Allie said...

He represents he spirit and creativity of Madison, I know you all wished you could live here.

madAsHell said...

Coffee made me queer.
Coffee makes you black.

Aphorisms??

I dunno...If an middle-age white guy printed these, then they would no longer be called art.

Ann Althouse said...

Here is information on buying the posters.

Ann Althouse said...

"Kennedy Prints! posters are printed for clients and generally available through the organization that ordered them. Occasionally, we will have shows at which posters can be purchased and some copies are retained for sale. If you would like to buy individual posters, they sell for $25 each. Shipping and handling are free. You can email us and see if the ones you want are still available.

"Printing is what we do. You send the text and a check, and go home and pray. We do not know what will happen until we are at the press. The design of your poster is determined in real time. Sometimes we produce beautiful posters and at other times we produce BEAUTIFUL posters.

"Our posters are printed letterpress on 12.5"x19" chipboard. We use oil-based inks and mix colors by sight.

"The minimum print run is 100. Prices available on request. The more passes through the press and more complex designs COST more."

deborah said...

It's unloading the dishwasher that I find bothersome.

Ann Althouse said...

"I feel nothing but pity for those who buy cutesy deep slogans or sayings to put on their walls."

Do you think those are "cutesy deep slogans"?

Mitochondri-Allie said...

 
Art Department graduate Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. to pull prints live at Overture Center

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pulling Prints:
Wednesday, October 19- Sunday, October 23

Location:
Overture Center Lobby
201 State Street
Madison WI

Printmaker and UW Art Department graduate Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. (MFA '98) will be in Madison this Wednesday through Sunday pulling prints live on a Vandercook Letterpress in the Overture Center Lobby for the for the Wisconsin Book Festival.

Laura Zinger's documentary about Amos, Proceed and Be Bold, will be screened on Sunday, October 23 at 3pm at the Marquee Theater in Union South.

His work was recently featured in the Corcoran Gallery of Art.


http://www.education.wisc.edu/calendar/details.asp?fldIDEvents=1351

 

 


 

Ann Althouse said...

Maybe you could order a print run of posters that say "I feel nothing but pity for those who buy cutesy deep slogans or sayings to put on their walls."

DADvocate said...

Lots of coffee and okra. The Okra Festival poster inspires me to go to the Okra Festival an try the fried okra. Yum. Fried okra is a delicacy to me.

edutcher said...

Sounds like the stuff the professional protesters are always chanting.

I always wondered who came up with that drivel.

ic said...

ACT NOW, move out, get a job, pay your bills.

Bet the sign is designed by a stupid parent.

deborah said...

I'm with ricpic, these slogans do nothing for me. Maybe related to what my daughter and I were talking about the other day. She saw in a magazine a livingroom that had carved letters place on a shelf to spell a name, and said she didn't like it. I find those vintage signs, like 'Fresh Eggs' placed in current kitchen designs tedious.

ricpic said...

Yes, I do think they're cutesy deep slogans but I'd be glad to buy and display the brilliant "I feel nothing but pity for those who buy cutesy deep slogans or sayings to put on their walls." ;^)

Tyrone Slothrop said...

You're welcome, Henry!

What's a slug ?

Mitochondri-Allie said...

I especially like the Ladies, No Fighting in the Bathroom poster,hehe. I shall continue to fight the good fight.

rocketeer67 said...

I'm sure you think you shall.

Sixty Grit said...

This is not a poster, which of course, would sound better in French.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

My dad used to have an antique hand-painted sign that said, "Ladies may smoke here, but please be careful where you put your butts."

Michael said...

Oh, I spoke too soon. These wonderful posters are not the work of a current UofW student.

First instincts are almost always correct.

DADvocate said...

I want a "Do Not Read This Sign" poster.

Michael said...

Who is the white chick in the video telling us that these posters "show us the positive aspects of being black and black culture?" WTF.

Henry said...

@Tyrone -- This is a slug

I was thinking slug (web publishing) though what FlickR does is more like your picture.

traditionalguy said...

My all time favorite sign was posted on a high fence every half mile along the Highway going down into the Columbia River basin near Hanford, Washington.

It said, " It is illegal to look in this direction."

The temptation factor was extreme.

David said...

Mitochondri-Allie said...
He represents he spirit and creativity of Madison, I know you all wished you could live here.


Or you could move to Gordo, Alabama, which is where Kennedy Prints is located.

Quaestor said...

Tyrone Slothrop wrote:
My favorite is "Catching fish is not the whole of fishing." This wins the Zen Post of the Day award.

Nah, that's got a too obvious truth embedded. To be first class koan it should read "catching fish is not fishing".

Those posters are occasionally witty, occasionally enigmatic, and some are just twaddle, but they are NOT good examples of poster art. Put in historical perspective they're Mucha do about nothing.

Quaestor said...

David wrote:
Or you could move to Gordo, Alabama, which is where Kennedy Prints is located.

Zing! Too bad MA is likely too witless to feel the sting.

Mitochondri-Allie is shaping up to be a rather dismal version of J, like a reverse light beer - all of the calories and none of the taste.

Mitochondri-Allie said...

David, no kidding.I didn't say he LIVED in Madison.

Cindy Martin said...

I love the Children, tired of being harrassed poster. It is now my screensaver, having recently replaced Clay Mattews.