Lincoln & VENICE
Lincoln and Venice is a delicate, meticulous drawing that documents the nails, staples and remnants of street posters from three street poles at the intersection of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards, Los Angeles, California.
Drawing out Colby
This print, developed from a drawing, forms part of a body of work responding to the closure of the seminal Colby Poster Printing Company (1948 to 2012).
Researching the Colby archive, at The International Printing Museum, left more questions than answers and pushed me out, beyond the museum, onto the pavement – where few Angeleños care to walk. Hours spent on L.A. buses, trains and footpaths – in search of long lasting, elusive, Colby posters in their natural habitat. Eventually wandering to the corner of Lincoln and Venice. A stark observation. There should be remnants of posters here. But there wasn't. No posters on these poles – only the relics; a multitude of nails, staples and remnants of posters firmly implanted in the wood structure. Perhaps this was the history I needed to document? The slow demise of screen printed, letterpress and even digital posters from the street corners of Los Angeles.
Lincoln & Venice
Size: 55 x 35 cm (14" x 22")
Medium: Screen print on metallic paper
Published by the students Pasadena City College, with direction from master printer John Miner, professors Kristin Pilon and David Cuatt.
This edition will be released at the Colby Country exhibition opening 6PM Thursday 14 June 2018
at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery
21 Wentworth Avenue