23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Through August 17
Starting August 19
Building Better Mobs, a solo interactive installation exhibit by artist and printmaker Julian Howley, showcases multimedia works inspired from Massachusetts’ past coupled with current motifs of radical pessimism and mass movement. Combining his personal dystopian themes, mascots, and parody branding with similar subjects inspired by local history, such as the
Massachusetts Bay Colony, Dogtown Village, and the Great Depression.
Julian Howley’s exhibition hopes to present art that exists squarely for use by the public commons and draws and inspires from the local public history of societal collapse, collective outrage, and potential chaotic rebirth. His work looks upon the tradition of gonzo illustration and global comic pulp,
along with vintage woodcut printing and its symbolism, showing to us figures and topics that exist as uncanny mascots of frenzied entropic energy and gleeful self-destruction