Meagher's class Printed Matter is presented as part of Eyebeam's After-School Atelier (ASA) a semester-long program that provides NYC public high school and middle school students the opportunity to work in a studio environment and develop new media art projects under the guidance of Eyebeam's Teaching Artists.
In this climate where the media and publishing worlds are becoming increasingly monitored and censored, this class will be positioned as a means for finding outlets for otherwise ignored perspectives, in the form of making professional-grade books, comics, zines and printed matter from the desktop, and exploring ways of getting them into the public eye. Optimally, the class will produce a set of books and printed matter that can seamlessly infiltrate bookstore shelves and present themselves for discovery either by the general public, staff, or corporate officers. As such, a kind of intra-corporate graffiti or critique mechanism.
As a native New Yorker, Patrick Meagher grew up in the genesis of the graffiti movement; was a young tagger in the days of violent competition, a graffiti writer, an art-piecer and then later/still a conceptual sticker-bomber and wheat-paster as well. Having this early experience and interest, he also possesses a fairly comprehensive (art history/ street-history/ culture-jamming) understanding of the global graffiti movement. Ultimately he sees the development of these subjects and techniques as part of a grassroots fomenting of a post-modern paradigm shift - a vision of digitally enabled manifestations of a "‘contemporary Aquarian age’" of enlightenment.