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Date(s) - May 4, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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“Influenced by expressionist printmakers of the past, I redefine the style in terms of my own experience. I tell stories–both light and dark–exposing my own emotional truth.” Dead & Lost in Detroit is Carl Wilson’s graphic story, in progress, of a worker’s experience in an auto factory with dangerous working conditions, racism and bullying. This programming in conjunction with Dead and Lost in Detroit: A Graphic Novel exhibition up at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, February 2nd to May 15th, 2022.

Carl Wilson is known for his stark black and white linocut prints. The self-taught artist sees himself as a documentarian of lives easily ignored in a world obsessed with materialism and celebrity. His work frequently highlights not only the strength found in conquering the everyday and mundane, but also the pain and defeat of those not able to rise to the occasion. His love of film noir and pulp fiction novels from the nineteen forties and fifties has led him to experiment with minimalist animation and comic book illustration. He embraces the whimsy hidden in the darkness.

During his visit to CSU, Wilson will teach a letterpress printing workshop at CABIN on Wednesday, May 4th from 1 pm to 4 pm. He will also give an artist lecture in the Organ Recital Hall at the University Center for the Arts in conjunction with the reception for the Dead & Lost in Detroit exhibition at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art.

The CABIN (Center for Artists’ Books and Inclusive Narratives) is a budding interdisciplinary lab space that operates as an annex to the Department of Art and Art History. We host community workshops and collaborative research projects from both students and faculty who want to explore innovations in book arts and book arts-related creativity.

Support for this exhibition and related programming is provided by the FUNd Endowment at CSU, Colorado Creative Industries, City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, and by the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment, a premier supporter of arts and culture at CSU.