American Dreamers is a collaborative mural in Los Angeles of Shepard Fairey (Obey) with Vhils. They created a lithograph print of this mural at Idem Studio a historical, fine-art print shop in Paris, where they use a very special process to print their lithographs and have worked with masters like Matisse, Picasso, Miro, Dubuffet, Braque, Chagall, Giacometti, and Léger...You can learn more about their lithography below! Built in 1881 by printer Eugene Dufrenoy, the workshop located at 49 rue de Montparnasse was created to install Dufrenoys lithographic presses.
Housing two floors on 15.000 square feet, the workshop begun with 19th century flat machines operated by belts driven by propeller shafts and a steam boiler that was used to provide energy for the machines. The premises were later occupied by the Michard Printing Company, which specialized in creating special edition maps filled with vibrant colors. Finally, the workshop fell into the hands of Fernand Mourlot in 1976 and became a fine art print shop. The brother duo and craftsmen were part of the revival of lithography and began working closely with artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall and many other artists of the 20th century.
Today the printshop is dedicated to contemporary artists such as Sophie Calle, JR, William Kentridge, David Lynch, Paul McCarthy or Raymond Pettibon. By using flat stones or aluminum plates an image is drawn on the stone or transferred onto the plates that is then met with water and oil-based ink that is rolled across. The paper is placed and the matrix is ran through a press where the oil-based ink is transferred onto the paper creating the lithograph.
The density of ink is very generous and gives an exceptional result. The Mourlot company is now known by its current name, Idem, and stands as one of the oldest printing houses and one of the only that still uses the traditional techniques of lithography. Vhils and I just completed a collaborative mural titled American Dreamers on Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake, Los Angeles! My Target Exceptions image, in the center of the mural, addresses the challenges of both visiting and becoming a resident of the United States, for many people.
As it turns out, there are various target criteria that make a person an ideal candidate to immigrate, but most people who might long to fulfill the American Dream are exceptions to the target qualifications, especially considering the attitudes and attempted policies of the current administration. Resident status in the United States is hypothetically granted for four main reasons: family ties, employment, status as a refugee, and to promote diversity. In other words, it will most likely be family or business/employment connections that are the most viable route to a U. Vhils liked the style and sentiment of my image and added his own chiseled textures and portraits with women of different ages to symbolize the multi-generational nature of the struggles of immigrants. L'item "VHILS x SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY) American Dreamers Signed Numbered/450" est en vente depuis le dimanche 16 février 2020.
Il est dans la catégorie "Art, antiquités\Art du XXe, contemporain\Estampes, gravures". Le vendeur est "*art4thepeople*" et est localisé à/en Paris.
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