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[BKARTS] Jay Ryan & Archer Prewitt at Columbia Book & Paper



Preparations, Multiples, & Outcomes: Jay Ryan and Archer Prewitt

Exhibition: November 5?December 18, 2004
Opening: Friday, November 5, 5:30?7:30 p.m.

Even if you don¹t know their names, you know their work. Jay Ryan¹s posters
have been plastered all over record stores, music venues, coffee shops and
possibly your own bedroom walls for some years now. Archer Prewitt a
cartoonist brought Sof¹ Boy to life in the early 1990s and he has been on
the scene since then, along with the occasional appearance of Funny Bunny.
Besides their graphic art, both Jay and Archer have both been a big part of
the local indie band scene. This exhibition will be a virtual retrospective
of their graphic work.

Jay Ryan has been screen-printing since 1995 and is the founder and
proprietor of The Bird Machine,  a silk screening company that produces
posters and other hand-printed items. Jay¹s posters, bedecked with quirky
characters falling, bicycling, battling or staring blankly, are a staple of
many fine art poster galleries. He has done posters for his own band,
Dianogah, as well as the Flatstock Poster Convention, Coudal Partners, Punk
Planet, Fugazi, Shellac and Build to Spill, to name just a few. His
distinctive illustrations and handwriting grace his work and give his
posters that edge, the kind that makes you want to tear down and steal, just
so you can have a piece of his work.

Archer Prewitt is a cartoonist by day and a musician by night, touring and
recording as a solo artist and with his band The Sea and The Cake. With a
printmaking degree from the Kansas City Art Institute he has participated in
many group and one-man shows in the U.S. and Japan. Music lured Archer from
the graphic arts in the 1980s and he has been a staple in the local rock
scene for over a decade. But he couldn¹t stay away from art and comics and
he began self-publishing his Sof¹ Boy ?minis.² His colorful and nostalgic
absurdist adventures have made their way into anthologies like Zero Zero and
BLAB! and also other Chicago area and national publications. His
long-awaited third issue of Sof¹ Boy hit the shelves in July of 2004, and a
new solo music album Wilderness is to be released this coming January.

The exhibition is free and open to the public at Columbia College Chicago
Center for Book & Paper Arts at 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago. Gallery hours:
10:00am to 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday. For further information or to
inquire about off-hour visits, please call 312-344-6630. www.bookandpaper.org

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