BURLESQUE OF NORTH AMERICA
Burlesque is a multi-disciplinary creative studio focusing on graphic arts and high quality screenprinting. Headquartered in Minneapolis MN, the studio was formed in 2003 from the ashes of seminal and sardonic graffiti magazine Life Sucks Die. What began as a loose collective of graffiti artists, photographers, and illustrators transitioned into a group of graphic artists for hire including Wes Winship, Mike Davis, George Thompson, Todd Bratrud, and Aaron Horkey. While exploring effective DIY techniques for printing concert posters, Winship quickly found that screenprinting would also serve as a way to reproduce his and his friends’ other artwork, creating printed editions of art which could be sold at affordable prices.
After officially naming the studio Burlesque, the focus on screenprinting led the group to design and print concert posters while fine-tuning their skills and printing equipment with each project. As the workflow grew, so did the desire to learn more about all aspects of the screenprinting process. To this day, Burlesque continues to push the envelope by producing 10, 15, and even 20+ color screenprinted posters which capture astonishingly accurate details. In recent years, artists such as Ron English, Tara McPherson, Jim Phillips, Richey Beckett, and Tom Whalen have all sought out Burlesque for the screenprinted production of their artwork.
Press Check is a collection of screenprinted work spanning Burlesque’s entire career – from Wes Winship’s cut-and-paste Arcade Fire pastiche to Mike Davis’ clean but stylized vector illustrations to art prints produced for graffiti / graphic design icons 123Klan, renaissance draftsman Aaron Horkey, musician and fine artist John Baizley, Seventh Letter artists Sever, Ewok, and Vize, as well as work from David Choe, Ron English, Aaron Draplin, and more.
Current Burlesque of North America full timers:
WES WINSHIP: co-principal, graphic artist, print shop R&D
MIKE DAVIS: co-principal, graphic artist, public relations
BEN LAFOND: lead screenprinter, photographer
JODI MILBERT: general manager, artist relations
SARAH SCHATZ: screenprinter
BURLESQUE OF NORTH AMERICA | PRESS CHECK
The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery
346 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca. 90036
Opening Reception: October 16, 2015 | 7-10pm
On view: October 16 – November 4, 2015