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Amze Emmons’ shaky cityscapes–on artblog radio

Libby and Roberta talk with artist/printmaker/educator, Amze Emmons, about the 50-artist exhibition he organized at Space 1026, called Refugee Reading Room. We find his works, which show depopulated and downtrodden urban spaces drenched in pastel shades suitable for Valentine's Day "I love you" hearts to be more pertinent each day. The 12-minute podcast will fly by with all the amazing, smart things Amze says.

Amze Emmons in his studio at 12th and Carpenter

Artist Amze Emmons’ forlorn cityscapes of shaky, provisional dwellings seem ever more pertinent as we view on the news the tent cities in the center of Cairo. We talked to Emmons about his name, his art, and about his Refugee Reading Room exhibit at Space 1026. For the show, now in its last week, he invited about 50 artists to contribute prints and zines, all is free for the taking. Emmons is prolific and networked. He showed in 13 shows last year, from Philadelphia to Seattle to Osaka, Japan. And Emmons, who teaches at Muhlenberg College, is heavily involved in Printeresting, an amazing national blog/art project all about printing (look for a Printeresting-curated show at this year’s Southern Graphics Conference event in St. Louis).

This episode is edited by Peter Crimmins. The music is by Eric Biondo. Thanks to the Knight Foundation and our series sponsor, Fleisher Art Memorial, for their support of this project. You can subscribe to artblog radio on iTunes. And thanks to our partner WHYY, which shares artblog radio episodes on their community news site