Burn the Lot: Splinter Heads, Nut Mobs & Ballyhoo
In the Main Space
Cannonball Press is run by Martin Mazorra and Mike Houston. Based in Brooklyn, NY, they’ve been publishing relief cuts and screenprints since 1999, selling them for $20 each. Around 2004, in addition to publishing, they started to make large-scale collaborative woodcut prints, sculptures and installations. Their work has taken them to Estonia, South Africa, Maui, Germany, Denmark, and numerous U.S. cities. In 2009 Mike and Martin were named US Artists Ford Fellows. They aim to make good prints people can enjoy and afford, adding some small chapter to the rich history of printing (namely, the scruffy black and musky-pirated hillbilly chapter).
The show will feature a huge new pile of limited-edition $20 prints by the likes of Dusty Herbig, Angela Earley, Drew Iwaniw, Sarah Nicholls, Tyler Krasowski, and Donna Diamond.
Also, Martin and Mike will premiere their new supersized woodcuts depicting the capitalist wasteland, as seen through the lens of a carnival for the ages. Mega carny prints on canvas!
Furthermore, on Saturday, Cannonball Press will present to the public their 38-minute Powerpoint presentation entitled “Woodcutology,” explaining why the hell they do what they do.
The Cannonball Mission is a simple recipe:
The Cannonball Print: A down-home dish that is tasty hot or cold. For low-fat version,
substitute another printing press, because these things will put meat on your bones!
1 lurking artist
1 one-eyed master-printer
5 cups backwater goo
6 spoonfuls of jumpstart and holler
9 lbs. mess with your face
1 bottle Tickle-My-Fancy
6 smatterings kick-ass juice
1 handful of Fine Art
Preheat idea in Oven of Rock. Make sure color is off! Allow images to gestate and contort at will. When mysterious, funny or twisted, remove and slap on table. Add all ingredients, and beat and cut until smooth and hot. Do not add Fine Art at this point. Add master-printer, work him into a steady boil, edition. Throw Fine Art in trash. Sign and Serve.