09 Jan Louder Noise on the Walls: Posters by Amos P. Kennedy Jr.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 1st 6-9pm
Join us for our second solo show with the esteemed printer Amos P. Kennedy Jr. The walls will be filled with posters made at Kennedy’s Printery in Detroit. Most posters will be cash and carry. 50% of all sales will be donated to Golden Gate Branch Oakland Library.
OAKLAND, Ca. – Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., a renowned letterpress printer based in Detroit, will host a letterpress workshop on Saturday, February 1st, 9am-4pm at The Compound Gallery, immediately followed by the opening reception of his solo show Louder Noise on the Walls 6-9pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The workshop is limited to 10 participants. Register for the workshop HERE.
Known for his uniform of a pink shirt and overalls and his provocative political and racial commentary, Kennedy, the proprietor of Kennedy Prints! abandoned his career as a computer programmer to become a printmaker at the age of 40. He has been producing personal and commissioned prints ever since. He also travels the country spreading his philosophies about life and the art of printmaking. The artist’s current project is the construction of a printing plant in Detroit for anyone interested in letterpress printing, bookbinding and paper making.
A self-proclaimed “humble Negro printer,” Kennedy is known for his controversial sense of humor and radical philosophies on the American consciousness. His work pushes the boundaries of society, raises questions about the status quo and forces viewers to seek the depth beyond his prints.
He received his master of fine arts from the University of Wisconsin and his work is on display at museums and galleries across the U.S. and Europe. Kennedy was also featured in the 2008 documentary Proceed and Be Bold! by Laura Zinger.
A selection of Kennedy’s prints are on display at The Compound Gallery until Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Compound Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday 12-7pm.
WORKSHOP WITH AMOS: Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to print from Amos! Letterpress Poster Printing Workshop with Amos: Saturday, February 1st 9am-4pm. Limit 10 people. Sign up link will be posted soon. The opening reception will follow the workshop.