Title & Date: The 1% (2011)
Material: Letterpress on Paper
Dimensions: 20 in x 14 in
Edition size: 25
"The 1%" by William Powhida
Starting Bid: $100.00
The 1%, a philosophy of the super wealthy, is William Powhida's first letterpress print. The print grew out of a request by artist Michelle Vaughan to produce something for her husband Felix Salmon’s birthday. Something relatively small turned into a rather ambitious typesetting project that Michelle executed at The Arm letterpress in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Category: Works on Paper
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Description: While often creating works on paper, The 1% is William Powhida’s first letterpress print. The print, a typeset philosophy of the super wealthy, grew out of a request by artist Michelle Vaughan to produce something for her husband Felix Salmon’s birthday. Something relatively small turned into a rather ambitious typesetting project that Michelle executed at The Arm letterpress in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Felix received #1 of the edition of 25.
Artist Biography: William Powhida (b. 1976, New York) is a G-E-N-I-U-S and habitual critic of the art world. Powhida lives and works in New York. He studied painting at Syracuse University where he easily received a B.F.A with honors and scored an M.F.A. from the cheap-assed famed Hunter College Program. Getting a honors there was a joke. He has exhibited internationally in New York, Los Angles, Seattle, London, Madrid, Miami, Chicago, Copenhagen, Austria, Dublin, and even the Canary Islands . Recent shows include Derivatives at Postmasters Gallery, and POWHIDA at Marlborough Chelsea, which made people really fucking mad.
He has organized exhibitions including #class and #rank with Jennifer Dalton and Magicality with Eric Trosko. He also collaborated with artist Jade Townsend on the Lemonade Stand and the ABMB Hooverville drawing. His work has been discussed in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Art News, Artinfo, Artnet, Hyperallergic, Art Fag City among others. He has completed a publishing residency at the Lower East Side Printshop and was the connecting communities resident at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in 2011. Currently his work is on view in Seditions at the MAC in Dallas, solo show of prints and multiples.
He is represented in New York by Postmasters Gallery, in Seattle by Platform Gallery, and Los Angeles by Charlie James Gallery. Follow him on Twitter @powhida if you can handle strong language and occasional time-based abuse of the medium.