Dispatches from Maine: Truck full of Art

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During the First Friday festivities in Portland, ME, a group of artists got together to organize a little mobile gallery intervention. Pilar Nadal, and  Carlos Pileggi (both MFA candidates at MECA), with the help of the zine-wunderkind, Sigrid H., joined forces to present the city with a rolling print sideshow!

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More tales of this zany adventure after the jump!

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Pilar is the owner and inventor of The Tired Press (and here), a bicycle/printing press. This amazing contraption folds from style savvy cruiser (below) to the fulling functional relief/letterpress above. While the bike is off the rack, all the modifications and the press itself were custom-made to create 100% human-powered mobile printing ..which she then put inside of a moving van, no doubt for the sake of spectacle.

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Pilar was printing on-demand postcards; you could choose the image and the message and for a fee she would print the card and then mail it or hand deliver it if the recipient was in town.

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When not attending art school, Carlos Pileggi lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with his partner, Sandra Lapage (together they are something of a print sensation). Carlos creates prints and zines that trouble art world expectations of the Print. With a trickster’s sense of humor he makes zines from intaglio prints and large-format photocopied editions of mono-types.

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For the moving van, he re-created a recent installation that mixed a wall of colored digital prints with etchings, which the viewer was meant to pluck from the wall and staple into a one of a kind zine.

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Sigrid H. is a wildly-talented young Portland artist who after being introduced to the zine as a form, began production on a regular publication. We were lucky enough to curate a full set into the Rum Riot Press along with a number of excellent local publications.

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I should add, that the inside of the truck was probably a cool 90 degrees. That’s dedication to printmaking!

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Does it look like fun? You don’t need printmaking superpowers to try this at home, but we do recommend getting a police permit.

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