An exhibition of artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Poster Printing Company, Los Angeles. Exhibition: February 23– March 23
Los Angeles – (From the Press Release February 13, 2013) Two months after the closing of the Colby Poster Printing Company, ForYourArt announces In the Good Name of the Company, an exhibition of artworks, posters and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the iconic L.A. printer.The show was curated by Jan Tumlir, with Christopher Michlig and Brian Roettinger. “The closing of the Colby Poster Printing Company represents the end of an era. The Colby Posters were handset type, and none of the design nor execution was done digitally,” states Bettina Korek, Founder of ForYourArt.
With bold, black typography floating on top of washes of day-glow color, the Colby Poster evinced a thrifty pragmatism for more than half a century. These posters were designed to catch the eye of passersby, in cars or on foot, and deliver messages to them as directly as possible. Typically employed to promote neighborhood events such as street fairs, small-scale musical concerts and the like, the Colby Poster Printing Company was contracted by Ed Ruscha in 1962 to produce the announcement for the exhibition New Paintings of Common Objects at the Pasadena Art Museum. Since then, the Colby Printing Company has gone on to serve as an important resource to a broad range of LA-based artists, from Allen Ruppersberg (who transcribed Allen Ginsberg’s Howl onto Colby posters in 2003) to Eve Fowler (who did much the same with Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons in 2012).
Perhaps most significantly, the Colby Poster provides artists with a means to escape the confines of the studio or the white cube. Instead, through the poster medium, artists can engage the life of the street. As such, their posters become public art, and these works are perfectly suited to the LA context with its inherent transience and disposability. The artists featured in this exhibition work the street using the poster as their medium to shape the city.
In the Good Name of the Company will feature works by: Kathryn Andrews, Scott Benzel, Anthony Burrill, Peter Coffin, Cali Thornhill Dewitt, Sam Durant, Daniel Eatock, Eve Fowler, Mathis Gasser, Emilie Halpern, Cody Hudson, Imprenta
, Eric Junker, Jacob Kassay, Kevin Lyons, Euan Macdonald, Christopher Michlig, Brian Roettinger, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Annie Shaw, and Craig Stecyk.
A 312-page, fluorescent-color process catalogue with essays by the curators, will be available from Picturebox sometime in the fall.