Hand pulled silkscreen by Andrew Jeffrey Wright for Beautiful Losers, 2004. These haven't been available since 2004. AJW created this silkscreen print for our companion/satellite exhibition Beaver College, which opened the same weekend as the very first inaugural Beautiful Losers exhibition. The exhibit focused on the output of 3 influential art collectives of the time: The Royal Art Lodge, Paper Rodeo, and Space 1026. The print was personally silkscreened by AJW and it is a signed, dated and numbered edition of 120.
Beaver College was exhibited in a historic brewery-turned-arts space called the Mockbee. It's a huge, multi-story building and we occupied all 3 floors of it. The ground floor was where the art exhibition was installed. The 2nd floor was a performance space where two really notable bands performed: The Faint and Secret Machines. The Faint are a band that's been on Conor Oberst's Saddle Creek records for years. Secret Machines is a Krautrock influenced shoegazy band that has also put out some amazing records. Both bands were hot shit at the time and continued to put out great music for years. It was pretty amazing to have them. On the 3rd floor we built a massive indoor skatepark where all the pros on Ed Templeton's Toy Machine team as well as Habitat's pros demo'd. All this stuff happened concurrently the same night for the opening. It was insane to say the least. Lots of layers to this one. Produced and curated by Beautiful Losers founder@christianstrike
The Royal Art Lodge was a collective from Canada whose core members included Marcel Dzama, Neil Farber, and Michael Dumontier. Paper Rodeo was a collective loosely made up of artists in and around the Providence, RI RISD art scene. The larger group consisted of the members of PaperRad (Ben Jones, Jacob and Jessica Ciocci), art/music project Lightning Bolt (Brian Chippendale, Brian Gibson), Forcefield (Mat Brinkman, Leif Goldberg, Jim Drain, and Ara Peterson) and others that were involved in the Fort Thunder scene in Providence at the time. Philadelphia based Space 1026 has operated as an art collective and exhibition space for more than a generation whose members have included Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Jim Houser, Clare Rojas, Ben Woodward, Adam Wallacavage, Crystal Kovacs, Jayson Musson, Isaac Lin, Thom Lessner, Matt Leines, and many others. Hit us up if you were there!
Andrew Jeffrey Wright Beaver College, 2004 Silkscreen on paper 17 x 11 inches Published by Iconoclast Editions Signed, dated, and numbered edition of 120