Petrou Artist in Residence: Amos Kennedy @BookLab

March 4, 2020
March 5, 2020
9:00 - 5:00 PM
BookLab, 3248 Tawes Hall

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr, will deliver a public artist's talk, a workshop on his techniques, and meet with the English department community.
 
A descendant of the enslaved peoples of the United States of America, after 40 years of age, Kennedy embraced his humanity and abandoned the commercial dream that defines this civilization. Unsatisfied with the illusion of a comfortable, middle-class life, Kennedy traded in his computer for a printing press and his white collar for overalls. His letterpress work raises emotionally charged questions about race, individuality, and the false narrative of this civilization.
 
Using traditional hand-press techniques, he “produces large editions of wildly colourful, typographically-driven posters on inexpensive chipboard stock, posters which are often so riotously layered with vibrant colors of ink as to retain a wet iridescence and tackiness years after they were printed. His working method often involves overprinting multiple layers of text... resulting in no two prints being truly identical."

Examples of Kennedy's work are available at his website: http://www.kennedyprints.com/posters1.html

Join us on Wednesday, March 4 for a Community Print with Amos Kennedy Jr. in BookLab (Tawes 3248) between 11 AM and 5 PM. 

On Thursday, March 5 from 3:30 PM to 5 PM, Kennedy will give a Petrou Lecture with a reception to follow in Ulrich Recital Hall (1121 Tawes).

Finally, join us for his exhibition at Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville, MD on Friday, March 6. 

For more information contact: Matthew Kirschenbaum (mgk@umd.edu)