I am designer and letterpress printer interested in notions of American identity, race, and culture. My work draws on a common cultural language of objects, stories, stereotypes, and experiences as a starting point to draw attention to the disparities between what we see, and how we are seen. My work takes the form of letterpress printed books, broadsides, ephemera, and more recently installation. I am interested in current events, unearthed histories, cultural slang, unspoken rules, and dirty laundry. I place my work in the tradition of a tragicomic hope that has been expressed through the history of Black art and music. Truth tellers in all areas of popular culture inspire my work—from writers and artists to comedians and emcees.
I’m a believer in the power of the printed word and when I’m not in the studio, I share my passion for print and design by speaking to students and educators around the world and as a board member of Artists Book House and Fine Press Book Association.
Shop Evanston Made: Ben Blount
Press: Evanston Roundtable 10.30.22