"Ian Cozzens - Material Resistance: Prints & Projects 2000-2013"
November 5th through 26th
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7th, from 4:30-7:30pm
Ian Cozzens started making screen-printed posters in 2001 while he was an
architecture student, with two goals in mind: first, to organize opposition to the destruction of the communities within the Eagle Square mill buildings, and second, to get a chance to participate in the silkscreened poster culture that seemed ubiquitous in Providence. More than a decade later, he's been involved in a myriad of overlapping artistic communities, worked as an artist mentor at New Urban Arts and as a teaching artist at AS220, and organized events and art projects in Providence, Worcester, and New York, as well as creating a whole lot of prints and posters.
In 2013, he's still thinking about graphic resistance, cities and buildings, creating spaces, identity and community, transgression, letterforms, gender expression, power, subversion, light and shadows, participatory and non-hierarchical projects, hand-craftsmanship, love, rubylith stencils, construction details... and still figuring out how to silkscreen art work of some kind about all that stuff.
"Material Resistance" brings together 13 years of Ian's printed posters and other 'democratic multiples' -- activist and event posters, print commissions, collaborations, participatory projects, and art work -- in addition to drawings and process ephemera -- in the University of Rhode Island Art Gallery on the Kingston campus.
Visit Ian Cozzens' Website: http://www.secretdoorprojects.org