SGCI Roundup

Posted by Jason Deem on March 6, 2011 | 15 Comments

On Friday, March 18th Cherokee street will be alive like never before with art, music, food, drinks, and live demonstrations on almost every block as local artists and business owners collaborate to welcome over 1,500 visitors to St. Louis for the Southern Graphics Conference International.  Below is a list of what’s happening.  All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


From Printing Plates to the Showroom
Location: Porter Teleo, 3323 Cherokee St.
Time: 5:30-10p
Porter Teleo is opening its studio for an evening to show its collection of hand-printed and hand-painted wallcoverings and textiles, developed by artist/printmaker Kelly Porter and interior designer Bridgett Cochran. The patterns are created by employing a variety of fine art processes, such as wood blocking, painting, and chine-collé.


The Spring Freaquinox! A Benefit for Artica!
Location: The Archive Bookstore, 3215 Cherokee St.
Time: 6:30p – 11:30p
Artica, St. Louis’ freaquiest annual multi-disciplinary art festival!  Fire up your dreams at the Bibliomancy BBQ!  Silent auction with fabulous local art and merchandise!  Entertainment! Music! More! Fun!  And best of all you get to support your favorite art festival, ARTICA!


Red-Headed Strangers SGC Exclusive!
Location: STyLehouse, 3159 Cherokee St. (@ Compton)
Time: 8pm to midnight
Red-Headed Strangers + 1500 visitors from out of town + STyLehouse = An unforgettable night on Cherokee Street. Foodstuff and adult beverages will be available at the show.

Blessed Unions Wedding Performance Ceremony
Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee St.
Printmakers Blake Sanders and Hannah March Campbell will present a wedding performance ceremony, taking vows to each other and to the printmaking lifestyle.  After the ceremony, guests are invited to keep the party hopping at El Lenador restaurant and bar, 3124 Cherokee St., just yards from Fort Gondo. Proprietor Reuben will be tending bar, and a dance party will commence around 9p.

w/ w/o rds
Location: Snowflake Gallery, 3156 Cherokee St.
Time: 7-10p
w/ w/o rds includes printed works on paper, from traditional letterpress to digital output, that focus on our temporal use of language in combination with the printed image.  Featured work on display by Abra Ancliffe (Portland), Tate Foley (St. Louis), Jimmy Luu (Urbana-Champaign, Ill.), Sonnenzimmer (Chicago), and Emily Sullivan (Akron, Ohio).


Manual Feed
Location: The Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee St.
Join The Firecracker Press for the first and only performance of Manual Feed, an experimental music group comprised of print-makers and print-lovers! Watch as musical order is made from letterpress chaos.

St. Louis Typefoundries
Location: The Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee St.
Time: 5-10p
In the late 1800s, St. Louis was rich with typefoundries that were casting the popular typefaces of the day. A few were even hiring designers to develop new type styles that would also be cast and distributed from St. Louis. Many of those typefaces are still being used today and have been transformed for use in digital form. The Firecracker Press is exhibiting a host of type specimens and samples that were designed and cast just blocks from our studio door.

Cherokee Printmakers’ Special
Location: Don Carlos Restaurant, 2800 Cherokee St.
Time: 5-10p
In an effort to facilitate cross-community convergence on Cherokee, project coordinators Eric Woods and Kim Wardenburg are collaborating with Carlos Dominguez of Latino Americana Restaurant, as well as Ana Rivera of El Chico Bakery and other participants from the neighborhood, to serve up the “Printmakers’ Special”—a taco meal complete with edible, printed tortillas inspired by the people of Cherokee Street.

No One Goes Hungry
Location: Cranky Yellow, 2847 Cherokee St.
Time: 7-10pm
Cranky Yellow presents a collection of work by printmaker and montage-ist Jason Potter.


Impractical Labor: An Obsolete Technology Guide for the Citizens of St. Louis
Location: All Along Press, 2712 Cherokee St.
Time: 5-8p
ILSSA co-operator Bridget Elmer will join forces with ILSSA members and All Along Press co-founders Elysia Mann and Steven Brien to produce an Obsolete Technology Guide for the Citizens of St. Louis. Printed via letterpress with handset type, the guide will feature a variety of resources for locating, repairing, and using obsolete technology within the city of St. Louis.

Tugboat Printshop
Location: All Along Press, 2712 Cherokee St.
Time: 5-10p
This exhibition features recent work by Pittsburgh-based Tugboat Printshop, including large-scale, complex, multicolored woodcuts.

Deceased Was the Widow of Henry Mosby
Location: All Along Press, 2712 Cherokee St.
Time: 5-10p
This collaborative project takes the form of a life-size diorama exploring the truths and myths of everyday life in the parishes surrounding New Orleans, La.  Featured Artists: Steven Brien, Elysia Mann, and Travis Russell.

Printa Kucha Presentations
Location: Casa Loma Ballroom, 3354 Iowa Ave.
Time: 7:30-9p
Presenters for the evening are: Adele Henderson & Anne Muntges, Tate Foley, Jason Urban, Sharon Pollack, Stephanie Smith, Nathaniel Stern, Michael Krueger, Kim Wardenburg, Beauvais Lyons, Jason Scuilla, and Brian Stuparyk.

Location: Art Dimensions Gallery, 2720 Cherokee
Time: 7:00-11pm
Among the events hosted by ArtDimensions Gallery on March 18, there will be a juried exhibition, a gallery of prints from a print exchange, live printing, and live music. $10 admission or FREE with SGC conference badge.

Location: Pig Slop Studios, 2700 Cherokee St.
Time: 5-8p
Featured Artists: Sarah Bernstein, Chloe Bethany, Aaron Bos-Wahl, Irene Compadre, Rebecca Estee, Zak Marmalefsky, Mister Ben, Jonathan Muehlke, plus surprise friends.

House Coat
Location: Cosign Projects, 2733 Arsenal St. (4 blocks North of Cherokee)
Time: 4pm-midnight
House Coat involves the creation of a fitted spandex garment for a two-story row house owned by Cosign Projects. Andrea Carey of LA LA Land is helping Leeza Meksin organize the logistics of this installation, while the artist’s sister and filmmaker, Anya Meksin, will be video recording the installation process.

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Stencil World: Stencil Art from around the Globe
Location: Gallery AM – Art Monster, 2617 Cherokee St.
Time: 7-11p
Curated by St. Louis stencil artist Peat Wollaeger, Stencil World will feature work by c215 (Paris), Dude Company (Lille, France), Joe Iurato (Brooklyn), HAHA (Melbourne), Czarnobyl (Berlin), koleszar (Phoenix), Peat Wollaeger/stenSOUL (St. Louis), a10ne (Iran), David Soukup (Chicago), Chris Stain (Brooklyn), Adam 5100 (San Francisco), Jeff Aerosol (Paris), and many others.  A large-scale stencil mural will be sprayed on Cherokee Street, featuring stencils from show participants.

“Municipalities Occur”
Location: Labeebee’s Middle Eastern Cafe, 2609 Cherokee
Time: 7:00-11pm
A solo exhibition featuring new works by Myles Keough at Cherokee’s newest café Labeebee’s.  “Municipalities Occur” is a series of paintings showing metropolitan areas seemingly appearing out of mist created by the artist’s unique use of spray enamel.  Good food, drinks, and music by Alexis Tucci (7-9pm) and of course art.

Intangible Rivers: a subjective history
Location: the Ziegenhein, 3346 Texas Avenue (Cherokee & Texas)
Time: 5:30pm-10pm
A lifelong resident of St. Louis, Jessi Cerutti explores personal memory and local history through printmaking and fiber arts in this SIUE MFA Printmaking Thesis Exhibition. Cerutti pushes the limits of the traditional print, merging ink and fiber to create objects that illustrate an accumulation of history, memory, and change. The exhibition features print and sculptural artifacts alongside installation-based works. Enjoy drinks and the music of WolfPeach Society DJ Collective during the reception.

Show Me Your Tax Bracket
Location: Aisle 1 Gallery, 2627 Cherokee St.
Time: 7:00-11pm
This mixed media, invitational group exhibition features more than 40 artists from St. Louis, the rest of the United States, and Canada. Aisle 1 Gallery, the newest gallery on Cherokee Street, is run by Bryan Walsh and Jenn Carter.

Do the Right thing
Location: Los Caminos Gallery, 2649 Cherokee
Time: 5:30-10pm
Do the Right Thing questions what is right and wrong, or just fun and boring. Special guests include Sleepy Kitty and 18andCounting. Live music and drinks will be provided by Schlafly during the opening reception on March 18.


Fine Print
Location: PHD Gallery, 2300 Cherokee St.
Time: 7:00-10pm
“Fine Print” showcases the work of Joe Chesla & Amy Firestone Rosen. Rosen creates monoprints using waterless lithography and serigraphy. By contrast Chesla creates process directed, mineral prints incorporating nontraditional techniques to impregnate fine printmaking paper with a recording of the corrosive process of metal.


Lights Along the Cherokee
This collaborative project highlights personal narratives through the creation of a series of illuminated towers installed along Cherokee Street to guide people along a path between participating venues during the Friday Evening Events. Each of the 6-foot-tall paper lanterns will be constructed and designed by a different group of local artists, community organizers, and citizens, yet all of the towers will be based upon a universal structure and underlying design developed by the core team of artists and lead artist Bob Hartzell.

A distant relative of the food truck, the PrintTruck will nourish passersby with an up-close-and-personal look at a tabletop platen press, a foldout exhibition of letter-pressed posters, and the knowledge of the printers themselves.

St. Louis Fair Trade
Over the past six months, students from three area colleges have been working together on 8′ x 4′ prints. In the days leading up to the conference, instructors Angela Malchionno, Amy Thompson, Cameron Fuller, and Travis Russell will work with the students to bring their prints to life within three interactive installations on Cherokee Street.  During the Friday Evening Events on Cherokee Street, passers-by will receive a St. Louis Fair Trade document that includes a map and instructions for the project.

St Louis Mythory Tour Kiosks
SPORE’s mastermind Emily Hemeyer and historic preservation guru Michael Allen (Ecology of Absence) have joined together to create a series of semi-temporary kiosks highlighting bizarre sights and fantastic stories that make St Louis’ history nearly mythological. Kiosks will provide glimpses and directions to curiosities such as the sunken ship, hidden street car entrances, the Pruit Igo wildlife area, buried caves, and mound formations of the ancients. Prior to city-wide distribution, ten kiosks will be “hidden” throughout Cherokee Street for conference-goers to enjoy now and explore later.

Hotoff-Press Project
Hotoff-Press is a rehabbed 1963 Schwinn equipped with pop-up tables and simple silkscreen, for the purpose of printing free, distributable media to the community.  As part of this project, friendly information such as the history of Cherokee Street and local happenings—or even just cool graphics—will be printed live and distributed during the evening events at Cherokee Street.

The Spring Freaquinox! A Benefit for Artica!
At 6:30pm we gather at the corner of Cherokee and Jefferson. The Stampede then begins at 7:00pm as we proceed up Cherokee and herd the Frequent Ox to its final resting place at the Archive!  Take a whack at the giant Frequent Ox piñata. There will be lots of goodies inside!  Entertainment! Music! More! Fun!

If there are events/details we’ve left out, post them in the comments and we’ll add them to this list.


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