Wayne White + Jennifer Davis

SXSW is known mainly for the music it brings to Austin, but the film and interactive portions of the festival have been growing in popularity. This year brought two bodies of work from artists that I admire. Domy, a quirky book store and gallery, is exhibiting a collection of  work by Wayne White. This show is apart of the world premiere of  Beauty is Embarrassing, a documentary about the works and life of Wayne White. His most recent works are paintings of large type integrated onto already made reproductions of landscapes, you know, the kind you might stumble upon an a garage sale. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak at the Illustration Conference in 2010. He is a whimsical sort of guy with a great story to tell. His goal with is work, as he said, is to bring humor to art. His paintings will remain up at Domy until April 19th and I definitely recommend seeing them in person!

3-Wayne White

3-Wayne White

A couple months ago I stumbled upon this etsy shop and quickly fell in love with the playful paintings of  Jennifer Davis. She is an artist from Minneapolis with great taste for patterns, textures, desaturated color palettes with bursts of brilliant colors, and quirky subjects.

Her work is up at Grayduck Gallery until April 1st. Another amazing artist whose work is well worth experiencing in person.

3-Jennifer Davis

3-Jennifer Davis

The Type Truck

Type Truck 1

Type Truck is a 9 month long project of Kyle Durrie's in which she travels across the country in a 1982 Chevy Step Van that has been converted into a fully functional and mobile letterpress print shop. The truck has been her living space as well as her work space since June 2011. Every usable space is occupied with cabinets full of wooden type, ink, paper, and all the other necessary materials to run a print shop. A mid 20th century sign press and an 1873 self-inking, Golding Offical No. 3 Tabletop Platen Press (phew! what a name!) make this truck their home.

Kyle and her Type Truck made their way to San Marcos yesterday morning and Ryan and I got to check it out and pull some prints. This was my first official encounter with a letterpress! We got to pull two prints, one from the sign press that said, "See You In The Truck," and one from the tabletop platen press that simply said, "HAAAY."

Since I completed my undergrad I've had an unexplainable infatuation with letterpress and I'm glad I got to try it out for myself finally. I think I might sign myself up for a class in May at Punch Press in Austin.