BRUSH MASTER // 
Illustration and Design

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“At the height of his activity in the early 2000s, Mississippi’s artwork covered an enormous span of the Indianapolis cityscape. For me, Mississippi’s once-omnipresent hand-painted signs are an important component of the visual aesthetic of Indianapolis. His hand-painted signs represent a dying tradition in a world increasingly dominated by technology and the generic corporate design of chain stores and franchises.

Mississippi’s work is threatened by the ever-expanding intrusion of gentrification in Downtown Indianapolis, a reminder that we need to protect our cultural assets.”
— Kyle Long 

Editor: Stuart Hyatt
Design by: Janneane Blevins
Illustrated by: Benjamin Blevins
Publisher: Half Letter Press

Contributors:
Douglas Kearney
Kyle Long
Tatjana Rebelle
Sam Roberts

Order from Half Letter Press here.

Published in May 2018 for an exhibit of the Brush Master’s work at the Central Library, April 1 - June 30, 2018.

 Our fourth DIDACTIC was designed and published for SYNTAX SEASON, an 8-part exhibition series curated by A\M and hosted at PRINTtEXT. The publication, guest-curated by A\M, served as both a culminating and standalone piece for the exhibition, featuring artists exploring image and text.  Curated by: Elisabeth Smith & Michael Milano (A\M)  Art Direction: Elisabeth Smith & Michael Milano  Creative Direction: Janneane & Benjamin Blevins  Published by: PRINTtEXT  Contributors A\M ⋅ John Baldessari ⋅ Tegan Brace ⋅ Stephanie Brooks ⋅ Elijah Burgher ⋅ Will Butler ⋅ Jessica Campbell ⋅ Bill Conger  ⋅ Erin K Drew ⋅Christopher Duncan ⋅ Tate Foley ⋅ Jeff Geesa ⋅ Guerrilla Girls ⋅ Jenny Holzer ⋅ Mary Kelly ⋅ Barbara Kruger ⋅ Tony Lewis ⋅ Glenn Ligon ⋅Cole Lu ⋅ Kelly Lloyd ⋅ Jesse Malmed ⋅ Eric May ⋅ Huong Ngo ⋅ Jamie Pawlus ⋅ Kay Rosen ⋅ Molly Roth ⋅ Ed Ruscha ⋅ Nathaniel Russell ⋅Sayward Schoonmaker ⋅ Sam Scranton ⋅ Deb Sokolow ⋅ Shannon Stratton ⋅Alice Tippit ⋅ Oli Watt ⋅ Lawrence Weiner  Published for Syntax Season on February 19, 2017  This publication was produced in conjunction with Syntax Season, a long-form exhibition series organized by A\M and hosted by PRINTtEXT in Indianapolis, Indiana. The series took place over the course of ten months, from May 2016 to February 2017. Included in this publication are a selection of texts and images of works by artists who mobilize typography, iconography, and cultural signifiers to explore topics such as gender, race, identity, representation, and language itself. Far from a definitive collection of such works and modes of making, this journal seeks to extend Syntax Season by bringing together additional artists whose text-based strategies range from humorous to sincere, intimate to oblique. Working with words, text, text-like images, and image-like texts, these artists and writers consider how we engage with language and, more specifically, how we construct meaning.  Download a PDF here.
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