A Student Essay on Indie Rock Flyers and Posters!

by B.S., a student in my Folkore: Dynamic Street Art class

In exploring different neighborhoods around Portland, I documented what poster and flyer art presented itself to me; on street corners as well as in record stores and music venues. Many of these posters were of the DIY nature: Xeroxed on plain sheets of paper with simple graphics, meant for mass production and distribution. In addition I encountered posters which were of nicer quality, with detailed graphics and of a more stylized nature. Examining this range in poster and flyer art enabled me to gain better understanding of where the poster falls in terms of a mass advertising technique and as a “legitimate” art form. What real purpose does the music poster serve? How does it reflect the culture of the current generation? These were questions that ran through my mind as I wandered the streets of Portland.

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