As with Ta-coumba Aiken's art (covered elsewhere in this section), Amy Jo Hendrickson's works are both locally ubiquitous and not unknown in the wider world: The graphics of this northeast Minneapolis-based artist and printer—which often relate to rock shows or band tours—have graced coffee-shop walls and record-store windows from Boston to Lisbon, not to mention Goddess knows how many apartments in even more far-flung locales. Heck, a big Chinese design catalog recently asked her for stuff.
But while her work has appeared in countless group shows, Hendrickson's upcoming exhibition at First Amendment Gallery marks her first solo gallery appearance anywhere. 'Bout fucking time. She's universally renowned in indie-rock circles as a protean, poster-making supergirl able to leap from psychedelic to punk in a single weekend. Melvins, Ponys, Donnas, Gossip: Hendrickson has designed and printed posters for all and hundreds more. (By the way, she does cards, too, and matchbooks, coasters—pretty much anything with a printable surface.)
When we called the artist, she was awash in boxes, having just moved a couple of days earlier.
City Pages: Is the show going to be a retrospective, or will you be showing new work as well?
Amy Jo Hendrickson: It's going to be mainly a retrospective, but I'd like to show some of my test prints, just because I like the way they look and they're something people don't usually often see. Also, I'll be showing at the No Coast Craft-O-Rama at around the same time, and I'd like to do some new work for that. But it's hard to say. First Amendment isn't all that big, and I have lots of posters.
CP: Do you feel that the boundaries between graphic and fine arts have blurred over the past decade or so?
AJH: Absolutely. People have come to realize that graphic arts can—and often do—serve more than just a utilitarian purpose, that immediacy and lasting aesthetic value aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
CP: How did the people in China find you?
AJH: I'm not 100 percent sure, but I'm guessing that it was through gigposters.com, which has been an incredible resource for me. At first I thought it was just a casual inquiry; then they asked me for 50 pieces. Unfortunately, I've been way too busy to send them anything yet.
Opening reception 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Fri, Dec 7. First Amendment Gallery, 1101 Stinson Blvd, Mpls; 612.379.4151. Dec 7-Jan 15. —Rod Smith