Virginia artist Lindsay Curren will hand produce thirty-one linoleum block prints using imagery and typography to portray the wide variety of activities and opportunities involved in producing food inside of cities.
Opens on Friday, September 26, 2014 and runs through the month of October, in recognition of Urban Agriculture Month declared by the Virginia General Assembly in Joint Resolution 758 in 2013. A hand cut copy of the joint resolution will also appear in the show.
Art show opens in Staunton with the unveiling of all thirty-one prints at Black Swan Books, a popular antiquarian and fine art book store that hosts a series of shows by local artists. Lindsay will then donate a series of prints to the Virginia General Assembly for display in Richmond. Lindsay will promote the series across Virginia and beyond through a short film, a website and a blogging and social media campaign.
Urban agriculture is on the rise around America and throughout Virginia. Much information is available to prospective urban farmers, city planners and public officials through books, magazines and electronic media. However, largely missing so far has been an aesthetic exploration of the excitement and potential of urban farming through visual art that will be mobile and accessible to all. The goal of the series is to help educate a larger public on the powerful role of food in invigorating cities and towns, improving neighborhoods, creating entrepreneurial business opportunities and increasing community resilience.