In the 1980's the Main Street district of Cincinnati was home to many artists due to the low cost of housing/studio space. It was a gritty and sometimes dangerous neighborhood which hosted a diverse cast of characters. The poet and film director (This Train) Aralee Strange and the painter Jim Wainscott were both Main Street residents during this time and both recorded this environment. Aralee through her series of poems Pain on Main and Jim through a series of sketchbooks with page after page of images of the area and it's inhabitents. In 1995 we brought the two together and published the Pain on Main portfolio as a series of broadside like prints superimposing Aralee's poems on Jim's sketchbook pages to form a powerful document of this place and time and it's people.

Pain on Main, 1995
Silkscreen on Rives gray paper
Each sheet 21" x 14.75"
In an edition of 30

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