Here’s the statement about the show:
On July 4, 1776, a handwritten document was delivered to John Dunlop’s print shop in Philadelphia. Approximately twenty-four hours later, 200 letterpress printed copies of this document, The Declaration of Independence, were ready to distribute to the thirteen colonies. In 1776, letterpress printing was the most immediate way to spread important news.
Since 1776, many artists have continued to use letterpress printing to respond to situations around them in serial print form, without delay. Letterpress printing allows for unusual access to the publishing: once an idea for book or broadside is conceived and paper in acquired, production can begin immediately, and a printed response to an event can be distributed that day (not unlike what happened in 1776).
From the protests for democracy in Egypt and Syria, to the Occupy movement; from the tsunami in Japan; to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; and the battle for reproductive and gay rights, we live in a time of constant “event”. Because of the increasing saturation of media via the internet, we know about events happening on the other side of the world almost instantaneously. How have artists used letterpress printing to respond to events that have affected them? “Posted” is a juried exhibit of letterpress printed work, which was created in direct response to the myriad of events happening around the world.