Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents Black Market Type & Print Shop, an exhibit of a collection of 30 type-fonts extracted from the artwork of well-known artists that can be used by gallery visitors for art of their own making, organized by curator Joseph del Pesco.
Black Market Type & Print Shop features 30 different hand-drawn type samples, appropriated from exhibition catalogues and artist publications that feature the work of an array of renown contemporary artists.
The exhibition encourages the use of this typographic archive through a computer and photocopier, which will be available for gallery visitors to create their own work. The result: an interactive production environment or “print shop,” outputting a range of distributed media, from concert flyers to lost pet announcements, garage sale notices and other street-post ephemera. The featured type sets were created without the permission of the artists, and their use is limited to the exhibition and for non-commercial use only.
The Black Market Type & Print Shop was recently presented at Articule, an artist-run centre in Montréal and featured posters, using the type archive, by a range of artists including Portland-based Brad Adkins and Harrell Fletcher. The PNCA exhibition will include a new group of 15 artists working with the type archive, including Anne Walsh, Germaine Koh, Matt Keegan, and Arnold Kemp.
Joseph del Pesco is a contemporary art curator and curator-at-large for Artists Space, New York. He holds a master’s degree in curatorial practice from the California Colelge of the Arts in San Francisco and has curated exhibitions internationally. He’s also a contributor to various periodical publications including Proximity (Chicago), NUKE (Paris), Flash Art (Milan) and X-Tra (Los Angeles). Del Pesco lives in Oakland, California.
*Black Market Type & Print Shop*
May 7 through June 27
First Thursday Opening | 6:30pm, May 7
PNCA Main Campus Building, PNCA Feldman Gallery + Project Space
1241 N.W. Johnson St.
All photos by PNCA Student Thomas Wheeler Castillo ’09