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Martin Mazzora | Road Signs: A Back Room Affair

September 10 - October 18, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 2020, 6-8 pm

Road Signs: A Back Room Affair at Planthouse

Martin Mazorra is the author of the self-title Language of Flowers, founder of Cannonball Press, and longtime advocate of straightforward printmaking and affordable art. This exhibit showcases a selection from a recent atlas of Americana signage celebrated in stunning black and white interstate articulated woodcut images and wood type typography all letterpress printed on luxurious fabric banners. These embellishments echo the stark economy and generic signage that one might find on any highway or roadside, and are chock-full of directives, both pithy and humorous. The text publicizes invented locations and common distractions, peppered with psychological and self-effacing satire, enticing the mind to drift as it does when driving or behind the wheel.

Martin Mazorra (b. 1972) was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Mazorra received a BFA from West Virginia University in 1994 and an MFA from American University in Washington DC in 1996. He teaches at Pratt Institute and Parson’s School of Design in New York City. Mazorra was the recipient of a 2007 NYFA Fellowship in Printmaking, Drawing, and Artist Books. He was also a 2009 United States Artists Ford Foundation Fellow.
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