Fatherless is a collaborative print posse. Our works are the result of 5 individual artists working cohesively with each other's artwork. Described as a visual mix-tape of shenagination, we combine our cultural influences in ways that finished works are not only unique to our collaboration, but unique among the editions of hand-screened prints as well; we make certain no two prints are ever the same.
Influences are many and certainly captured by what we have coined as a "Rust Belt Power Pop" aesthetic. Our finished pieces aim to mirror the chaotic and detached sense that is communicated in our current consumer driven social climate. A good portion of our imagery is re-contextualized from our current throw away culture to create a finished piece.
Unlimited Gallery, June 2016
Fatherless was on display for the month of June at Brighton's very own Unlimited. Perhaps the first significant showing of works made by all members. Ben Rider's work had been slowly incorporated in the posse's image pallete but this show allowed the time for more collaboration abroad. Works had been shipped back-and-forth for months to build the editions...
Chicago Truborn, May 2016
Keep Left represented Fatherless's first solo exhibit in Chicago. We were proud to put forth new works that were welcomed as "the most socially relevant exhibit" the gallery has hosted. The title of the show reflected the mindset possessed by the posse regarding the political landscape on top of the significance of our roots in not only the art world, and inspiration by the great Sister Corita Kent, but also our commitment to the local scene and art community of Rockford, Illinois which sits west (left) of Chicago.
Kortman's Gallery, September 2015
This opportunity to show in a local gallery run by close friends allowed us to scale back some production and explore a more intimate collection of works dubbed Popstractions.
Promise of Something and Nothing
Sonce Alexander Gallery, August 2015
Fatherless featured ten 3'x3' wood panels for a group exhibit in Culver City. During the opening reception we were on location for live printing of more traditional paper pieces that complimented the body of work on the wall.
Rockford Art Museum, Summer 2015
The quarterly exhibit in RAM's program for the summer of 2015 had Fatherless prominently featured among some printmaking greats. Our contribution to the exhibit was 32 framed monoprints, an 8'x10' wooden panel, and a walk-in print fort.
People of Print Launch
For the launch party for the People of Print book, Fatherless was offered the chance to provide something special. Limited edition (50) wooden sleeves were created and sold with a copy of the book.
Full List of Previous Exhibits and Events
Fathleress (solo exhibit) — Unlimited Gallery, Brighton, UK. June 2016
Keep Left (solo exhibit) — Chicago Truborn, Chicago, IL. May 2016
The London Illustration Fair 2015 — Southbank, London, UK. Dec. 4, 2015 - Dec. 6, 2015
Pulled: Fatherless and Cleon Peterson (group exhibit) — Open House Contemporary, Chicago, IL. Nov. 13, 2015 - Mar. 31, 2016
Fatherless (solo exhibit) — Wilson Center for the Arts (FSCJ South Campus), Jacksonville, FL. Oct. 23 - Nov. 12, 2015
Printmaker's Ball — Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL. June - September 2015
Popstractions (solo exhibit) — Kortman Gallery, Rockford, IL. September 2015
The Promise of Something and Nothing (group exhibit) — Sonce Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. August 2015
Fighting Words — Fatherless vs. Ben Rider - Print Club London, London, UK. July 2015
Fountain Art Fair — New York. March 2014
Multiples Art Fair — Chicago. March 2014
Flanagans & Shenaginations: Fatherless vs. Justus Roe — Howard Street Gallery, Chicago, IL. November 2013
Fountain Art Fair — Chicago. September 2013
Pick Me Up 2013 — London, UK. April 2013
Chicago Truborn — Chicago, IL. September 2012—March 2013
Heart Art — Rockford University, Rockford, IL. February, 2013
Fountain Art Fair — Miami, FL. December 2012
Gallery Night — Sadler Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. October 2012
Legitimate Lies — Rockford Art Deli, Rockford, IL. October 2012
On and Of Paper (group exhibit) — Illinois State Museum, Thompson Center Gallery, Chicago, IL. November 2012
Recent Studies Have Shown — Pirate Ninja Print Shop, Rockford, IL. May 2012
Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer's — Rockford, IL. April 2012
Papergirl Dublin — Dublin, Ireland. January - December 2012
Papergirl Leeds — Leeds, England. January – December 2012
Papergirl San Francisco — San Francisco, CA. January – December 2012
Papergirl New York — New York, NY. January - December 2011
Papergirl San Francisco — San Francisco, CA. January - December 2011
Greetings from No. 9 — Pirate Ninja Print Shop, Rockford, IL. July 2011
Papergirl Berlin — Berlin, Germany. January - December 2010
After School Special — Pirate Ninja Print Shop, Rockford, IL. June 2010
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Chicago Truborn is a community based "anti" gallery/art coalition dedicated to supporting all mediums of artistic creation with an emphasis on street/urban/outsider art.GO
Print Club London is a studio and gallery in East London and works with a huge number of established and emerging artists & illustrators and showcase one of the biggest gallery catalogues in Europe.GO
People Of Print
Fatherless is proud to be included in People Of Print's self-titled publication featuring the work of more than forty-five of the hottest designers, illustrators, and collectives currently committed to the tactility, materiality, and visible craft of print, alongside the gallerists and promoters who are key figures in this creative scene.Get The Book!
The name was decided upon based on the notion that each member, although responsible for bringing individual styles and influences to the table, will work on each and every print made. It's a process that involves working independently with each other's images. All prints have been worked on at some point by each member of the posse. We are not 5 artists that work "under" the name of Fatherless… a Fatherless print is made by 5 artists...
Jarrod Hennis is a long-time entrepreneur and has been endeavoring in creative projects since the dawn of time. To say he's hardworking and passionate would be an understatement. In addition to owning and operating Pirate Ninja Print Shop, he maintains Rockford Art Deli (R.A.D.), a retail store front, actively supports the local community, offers a suite of business services, and is deeply involved in the art scene. His style is eclectic, quirky and sometimes a little cheeky. He draws his inspiration from diagrams, as well as vintage print and ad work.
Javier Jimenez is a snowboarder, ninja, music blogger, Swiss design-head and screen printer. Doing at the nexus of beauty and computer science to craft experiences both online and in real life. Let's design a world that's thoughtful, considerate and aesthetically pleasing.
Greg Lang is a hockey fan, hustler, record lover, vintage furniture lover and front-end developer. Performing at the junction of aesthetics and sustainability to craft meaningful ideas that endure. He sometimes makes random things with friends. His work has appeared in the global art project known as Papergirl, been featured in the Rockford Art Museum's Biannual Rockford Midwestern exhibit, and can be found in the permanent collection of the Illinois State Museum. He currently lives in Rockford with his wife and children.
David Menard is an artist, educator, and family man from the mid-west. Menard attended the Kansas City Art Institute before completing his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin. He honed his chops of fine printing with Jack Lemon and Steve Campbell of Landfall Press in Chicago and has been teaching art full time since 2006. His work is in both public and private collections across the United States. Menard has a love of collage and a fascination of the image making tradecraft. He is a fan of Black Sabbath and the color pink.
Ben Rider is a fluorescent ink obsessed illustrator, print mercenary and teacher. Ben specialises in a rough, raw, punky image making bursting with energy and loud graphics. He loves the gratifying nature of print and what it can add to an illustration, the sense of physically making something with your hands has an honesty, it gives work a certain soul and character and to him this acts as a middle finger to the increasingly homogenised slick corporate world sold to us.
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Rockford, Illinois 61104