Mike Perry and his eclectic collection of prints, designs and illustrations filled the space with tales of his journey to Antwerp with The Jaunt.
The idea behind The Jaunt is fairly straightforward: find a brilliant artist and send them to an inspiring spot somewhere on the face of the planet – space exploration is a future development they hope to reach at some point. The artist is dropped for a short week to find inspiration and to create an adventure-inspired artwork which is then produced as a limited edition screen print. To make it even more interesting, the prints are only sold at sight unseen, before the trip takes place. You know which artist is going to which location, but the result remains a surprise for everybody involved.
This time around, however, it went a little different, as Mike Perry, ever prolific, chose instead to create a print run before leaving which he added to and personalized throughout his stay, creating instead of one print, fifty original artworks.
As born and bred Missourian and current Brooklynite, a submersion into one of the foremost seats of European culture that is Antwerp definitely sure to have done him some good. Though his work is stylistically coherent, it is eclectic in practice and choice of media and we were excited as you are to see what effect the beer, music, fine arts and Flemish language (though it is perhaps more accurate to refer to Antwerps as a separate language!) had on his art!