Mike Houston and Martin Mazorra run the explosive Cannonball Press in Brooklyn New York. Through their mammoth scale woodcuts and three-dimensional installations, often incorporating performance elements, Mike and Martin present an unabashed voice in their art, and are among the leaders of a recent revival of the woodcut medium. Their subject matter is steeped in down-home vernacular and popular culture, mixed with a little moonshine and rockabilly. For their exhibition ROOT HOG, OR DIE!, Mike and Martin will explore the boom and bust in the economy, sharing an early American settler's philosophy of "work or die".
Mike and Martin will present a lecture on January 19th at 5:00 p.m. in room 100, VAB/JAH (Visual Arts building at NIU). They will unveil their site specific installation at the opening reception, Thursday January 21, 4:30 - 6:00.