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by Jerstin Crosby

Mike Houston print

Those scallywag, good-for-nothing, woodblock carvin’ boys from Cannonball Press made a pilgrimage down from Brooklyn last week to install their recent Lump show, Drink Up and Be Somebody.   They dub it the “World Premiere” of a series of giant block prints full of “can you hold my hair while I puke,” drunken slobbery.  For nine years, Martin Mazorra and Mike Houston have been producing limited edition relief cuts, silkscreens, and lithographs from their own hands as well as publishing prints from other artists, many of which are included in C-balls third Lump show like, Dennis McNett, David Ellis, Maya Hayuk, Bill Thelen, Aiyanna Udessen, Swoon, Bill Fick, and the Amazing Hancock Brothers.  Mike is actually from this area of North Carolina and his family still resides in Chapel Hill.  I got to meet his lovely folks, and spent some time with the Cannonballers along with Bill Thelen while eating Mexican food (Veggie #5) in downtown Raleigh.

The opening was crowded but well paced, as people strolled in, got caught up in the work and dove into the limited edition prints for $20 a pop!

Mike and Martin are big proponents of affordable art and for the last three years they have organized a two day print fair called “Prints Gone Wild” at Supreme Trading in Brooklyn that housed art for $50 or less.  The two years that I went up for Team Lump, it had booths from artists like Dennis McNett, Sean Star Wars, Bill Fick of Cockeyed Press, Space 1026, Yee Haw Industries from Knoxville, as well as Cannonball Press and other hardy printers.
Cannonball Press, Mike Houston and Martin MazorraBill Fick's happy catCeiling to the FloorFour large prints on canvas broke up the space.Opening Night of "Drink Up and Be Somebody"

Cannonball Press
Drink Up and Be Somebody

Show run: December 5 – 27, 2008

Lump Gallery
505 S. Blount St
Raleigh, NC 27605
Hours: Saturdays 12-5pm and by appointment during the week

Lump will also be open additional Friday nights (12/12 and 12/19) from 6pm -9pm as part of the Every Friday in December is First Friday event.

Installation photos from Tory Wright.

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