Throughout the history of protest movements and community organizing, there remains a rich tradition of tough love. The calloused love that is earned through hard fought steps pounding pavement in the streets. Time and time again certain forms of love have been squashed, silenced, forbidden, outlawed, and left for dead. During this panel, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Nat Pyper, and Martin Venezky will join us as part of the exhibition Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest. Each will briefly describe their practice and the issue(s) it addressed, followed by a group discussion among the panelists and Q&A with the audience.
Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo (they/them/Lukaza) an artist, activist, educator, storyteller & curator who lives/works between Lisjan Ohlone Land [Oakland, CA] and Powhatan Land [Richmond,VA]. With roots in storytelling, Branfman-Verissimo’s work is informed by their commitment to craft and community, engagement with society, and interests in preserving and broadcasting B.I.Q.T.P.O.C. stories. Their work has been included in exhibitions and performances at Konsthall C [Stockholm, Sweden], SEPTEMBER Gallery [Kinderhook, NY], EFA Project Space [New York City, NY], Leslie Lohman Museum [New York City, NY], Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [San Francisco, CA] and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [Berkeley, CA], amongst others. Their artist books and prints have been published by Endless Editions, Childish Books, Press Press, Sming Sming and Night Diver Press, and a forthcoming project with Printed Matter Inc.
Nat Pyper is an alphabet artist. Their practice of fonts, wearables, video, and performance extends from ongoing research on unruly queer publishing histories. They’ve performed at the Poetry Foundation (Chicago) and Cooper Cole (Toronto); exhibited at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago Artists Coalition, RUSCHWOMAN (Chicago), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), and Printed Matter (NYC); and published with Are.na, Draw Down Books, GenderFail, Inga Books, Martian Press, Queer.Archive.Work, and the Walker Art Center. They are based in Brooklyn, NY.
Martin Venezky is a designer, artist, and educator specializing in book design and typography. Throughout his career, Venezky has maintained a deep and continued interest in photographic process, form generation, and abstraction. For the past several years, he has created extensive bodies of work in photography and photographic installation.
Venezky has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has taught at RISD and CalArts and, for almost thirty years, at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he is currently Professor in the Graduate Design Program.
In 2001 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art honored Venezky with a solo exhibition, and, in 2005, his monograph, It Is Beautiful...Then Gone, was published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Among other honors, Venezky was invited into the esteemed Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and San Francisco’s Letterform Archive has recently acquired an extensive collection of his work, studies and process for their permanent collection.
Although a longtime resident of San Francisco, Venezky has recently relocated to Michigan to study towards an MFA in Photography at Cranbrook, thirty years after receiving his design degree from the same institution.