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5 Rockford artists to show work in London


A group of five local artists will take their work across the pond to the Pick Me Up art fair this April.

Fatherless creates printed images, t-shirts, and more in what the group calls a "Rust Belt Power Pop esthetic." All five members will travel to London this April to showcase unique printed images and create prints, t-shirts, broadsides, and handbills during the show.

David Menard, one of the Fatherless members, is proud to be selected.

"It was a bit of a long shot, we thought this is pretty cool, let's see if we could be a part of this and the people that have done this in the past are some pretty big heavyweights in London, in the London scene, so we thought it'd be pretty cool if we could do it and we got chosen."

The goal of the group during the show, according to member Dave Menard, is to "engage visitors with our process, esthetic, and energy."

"For five local artists with regular day jobs and families, this is going to be a rewarding experience to say the least," Fatherless member Greg Lang said. "Even the smallest contribution would help us show an international audience the kind of quality work that's coming out of Rockford."

Along with creating a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for travel and the shipment of supplies, including several large silk screening frames, the group will also host a fundraiser on February 8 at Rockford Art Deli, 402 East State Street in Downtown Rockford, directly after the Heart Art auction at Rockford College.

To help the group make it to London, visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fatherlessinlondon/fatherless-in-london.

Fatherless was formed in 2010 and consists of members Corey Hagberg, Jarrod Hennis, Javier Jimenez, Greg Lang, and Dave Menard. The group describes their work as a "visual mixtape of creative shenagination" and features hand-screened, limited edition prints, no two of which are alike. You can find more on the group at www.wearefatherless.com.

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