Friday, March 28, 2008

"PEEL: The Art of the Sticker"

PEEL Magazine and its gallery, Alias, (co-located in the Murphy Art Center in Fountain Square) are celebrating the release of “PEEL: The Art of the Sticker,” a book chronicling PEEL’s innovative coverage of street art. The event from 6 to 10 p.m. 4 April includes both a book signing with authors Dave and Holly Combs and the opening of “Sold Out,” a show featuring work by 30 artists included in the book. (The gallery show runs through 30 April.)

PEEL Magazine, now in its fourth year, is the first street-art magazine with a focus on stickers. The book, which sells for $33 and was designed by MTV art director Shelly Fukushima and published by Mark Batty, includes 69 art stickers bound into each book. All book purchases come with additional stickers donated by the artists.

Artists in the show at 1043 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, come from all over the world. They include: Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant), Seen, Buff Monster, Klutch, Dave Warnke, MCA / Evil Design, Abe Lincoln Jr., Dolla', Foob, Capish, 14 Bolt, Mildred, Miss Venus, BilliKid, Sesper, C. Damage, Evoker, Mathew Curran, Coallus, Zoltron, NiceBunny, Stomach, Mad One, me love, 20mg, This is Process, Cherrycore and Magmo.

PEEL got its start after Dave and Holly Combs traveled to New York City to assist with 9/11 recovery efforts. While exploring Manhattan during their off hours, they were inspired by the wealth of stickers they saw all over the city. In the years since, PEEL evolved from a black and white 'zine stuffed into plastic bags to a full-size, glossy, internationally distributed magazine. Their new book documents the development of both PEEL and the sticker culture.

For information, contact PEEL, 317:374-9416.

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