Letterpress, the art of carving images into blocks that are inked and transferred onto paper, is an old and often neglected printing technique. Bryce McCloud has sought to keep the old-school tradition alive. After inheriting printing equipment from his uncle, McCloud founded the Nashville, Tennessee-based studio, Isle of Printing. Works are patriotically nostalgic yet modern, and include images ranging from a tribute to Johnny Cash, a thoughtful Abraham Lincoln, and a triumphant skyscraper with a gloomy cloud hanging over it. This Saturday during the opening reception (7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.), art will invade the street—or rather, the air—when partiers are invited to release a helium balloon, each with a printed soldier attached—distributing letterpress art throughout Minneapolis.
Sept. 29-Oct. 23, 2007