Providence Poster Art
Post #893 • October 24, 2006, 3:18 PM • 6 Comments
Providence — "Providence Poster Art, 1995-2005" is part of a larger exhibition at the RISD Museum called "Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the present." The museum installed 2000 posters in three rooms, floor to ceiling, conveying the ferment in the Olneyville neighborhood at the time: rent was cheap, police presence scant, and musical and printmaking talents were intersecting with punk-fueled frenzy. Everyone concedes that the moment has passed - its locus, Fort Thunder, dubbed so by its nigh-squatter inhabitants, was demolished in 2002, not long after its profile in nest magazine came out - but the scene exerted lasting influence. Lightning Bolt, formed there by RISDoids, just had the honor of being deported from Japan, and the catalogue shows a criminally uncredited Kaiju Big Battel performance at Fort Thunder. Too, it set the bar for contemporary countercultural artistic achievement. Silkscreen prodigies coming out of RISD made posters for these events and many others, resulting in a yeasty visual record fusing comics, collage, grafitti, and sweet design skills. Said catalogue is available, executed with the kind of workmanship that RISD prides itself on. If only a soundtrack came with it.
Related: museum slideshow.