Fatherless is a collaborative print posse from the midwestern United States. Our works are the result of 5 individual artists working cohesively with each other’s artwork. Described as a visual mix-tape of shenagination, we combine our cultural influences in ways that finished works are not only unique to our collaboration, but unique among the editions of hand-screened prints as well; we make certain no two prints are ever the same.
Started as venture between Corey Hagberg, Jarrod Hennis, Javier Jimenez, and Greg Lang in the Spring of 2010, we began to plan seasonal shows in which we created screen prints together – live, during the event. When the idea came about to feature a guest artist for a series, we chose a local artist and instructor of printmaking to work with, and it was a natural fit. Dave Menard became a full time member following that show.
Influences are many and certainly captured by what we have coined as a "Rust Belt Power Pop" aesthetic. Our finished pieces aim to mirror the chaotic and detached sense that is communicated in our current consumer driven social climate. A good portion of our imagery is re-contextualized from our current throw away culture to create a finished piece.
The name was decided upon based on the notion that each member, although responsible for bringing individual styles and influences to the table, will work on each and every print made. It's a process that involves working independently with each other's images. All prints have been worked on at some point by each artist in the group. We are not 5 artists that work "under" the name of Fatherless… a Fatherless print is made by 5 artists.
Fatherless is proud to be included in People Of Print's self-titled publication featuring the work of more than forty-five of the hottest designers, illustrators, and collectives currently committed to the tactility, materiality, and visible craft of print, alongside the gallerists and promoters who are key figures in this creative scene.
Step inside the shenagination! The Rockford Art Museum is currently featuring printmakers, including Fatherless, who are pushing the boundaries of the art world by exploring new methods of printing and expression, from portable presses to complex installations, often addressing social and political issues head-on – and always leaving their skilled mark. Exhibition runs through September 27, 2015.
Illinois State Museum Permanent Collection—ISM, Springfield, IL.
Sketchbook Project—Art House Co-Op, Brooklyn, NY.
The Promise of Something and Nothing, Sonce Alexander Gallery (LA), August 2015
Fighting Words - Fatherless vs. Ben Rider, Print Club London (UK), July 2015
Fountain Art Fair, New York, March 2014
Multiples Art Fair, Chicago, March 2014
Flanagans & Shenaginations - Fatherless vs. Justus Roe, Chicago, November 2013
Fountain Art Fair, Chicago, September 2013
Pick Me Up 2013, London, UK, April 2013
Chicago Truborn—Chicago, IL. September 2012—March 2013
Heart Art—Rockford College, Rockford, IL. February, 2013
Fountain Art Fair—Miami, FL. December 2012
Gallery Night—Sadler Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. October 2012
Legitimate Lies—Rockford Art Deli, Rockford, IL. October 2012
Recent Studies Have Shown—Pirate Ninja Print Shop, Rockford, IL. May 2012
Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer's—Rockford, IL. April 2012
Papergirl Dublin—Dublin, Ireland. January - December 2012
Papergirl Leeds—Leeds, England. January – December 2012
Papergirl San Francisco—San Francisco, CA. January – December 2012
Papergirl New York—New York, NY. January - December 2011
Papergirl San Francisco—San Francisco, CA. January - December 2011
Greetings from No. 9—Pirate Ninja Print Shop, Rockford, IL. July 2011
Papergirl Berlin—Berlin, Germany. January - December 2010
After School Special—Pirate Ninja Print Shop, Rockford, IL. June 2010