Screen Printing 101

Dec. 5-31, 2007. 52.5 Records.

The music industry might be in free fall, but don’t tell that to the people at 52.5 Records. Their ethos is that mainstream rock has always sucked, and their screen print show last fall was no exception to that attitude. Called Screen Printing 101, it harkened back to the simpler time before Napster and “free” music and before digital technology made handmade screen prints something quaint and thus a talisman for railing against the homogenous forces of Corporate America. The show featured some of the best underground artists — Chuck Keppler, Dan Grzeca, Strawberryluna, Johnny Pundt, Leia Bell, Crosshair, and Adam Turman — whose works recalled the 1960s and ’70s even as they were hung among CDs and magazine racks featuring the cultural fare of the day.