The Public Print Lab is an interactive, public-authored art installation in the Minstallation Gallery at The Creative Alliance at The Patterson in Baltimore, MD.
Between March 15 and April 26, 2008, all .jpg, .png, and .gif files sent by email or cell phone to firstname.lastname@example.org will automatically print out in black and white in the Minstallation Gallery. The images will simultaneously post to the gallery on this site in real time. The printed images will be collected and bound as a book to document the exhibition at its end.
The Public Print Lab is organized by Post Typography with Justin Blemly.
Presented by artist/impresario R.L. Tillman, the newest addition to Baltimore's cultural landscape has already staked its position as the region's most vibrant miniature installation space. Emerging and established artists are encouraged to spread their wings in this intimate yet ambitious gallery, with 225 square inches of floor space and generous 14 inch ceilings.
Founded in 1995, and located in the historic Patterson Theater since 2003, The Creative Alliance builds communities by bringing together artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds to experience spectacular arts programs and engage in the creative process. CA provides support to area artists, promotes Baltimore as a center for creative production, acts as a positive force in the community, and advocates for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place.
The facility includes two galleries for contemporary art, a 180 seat flexible theater, a classroom, media lab, offices and live/work studios for 8 artists making The Patterson their home.
Originally conceived in 2001 as an avant garde anti-design movement by Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen, Post Typography specializes in graphic design, conceptual typography, and custom lettering/illustration with additional forays into art, apparel, music, curatorial work, design theory, and vandalism. Their work has received numerous fancy design awards and has been featured in such publications as Ellen Lupton's Thinking With Type and D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself, Metropolis magazine, Taschen's Contemporary Graphic Design, and Phaidon's Area 2. Post Typography have appeared in multiple design and art exhibitions, and their posters are collected by high school punk rockers and prominent designers (whom they consider equally important). Strals and Willen currently teach classes in design and typography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and have lectured at the Cooper Union, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and Harvard University among others.
Justin Blemly is a Baltimore based web developer specializing in real-time media sharing technologies and user interface design. He is founder and creator of the award winning online arts community Beatbots. Justin would like to thank Dakota Bailey and Shez Areu at Gloto Corp and Lokesh Dhakar at Lightbox for their contributions to this project.