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Dont Fret – Life Thus Far

Dont Fret's new monograph showcases a decade of his street and gallery work, and features memories and anecdotes from fellow artists and friends.

Consummate wise-guy, documentarian of working people, and "vaguely anonymous human" Dont Fret is one of Chicago's most visible street artists, best known for his wheat-pasted characters and snarky musings that populate city streets worldwide.

Simultaneously sardonic, biting, and fond, the bluntness of his figures and texts – often "belonging" to the neighbourhood they inhabit – skewers the obvious and reflects the normalised-until-numbed issues of the city back at the passer-by experiencing them first-hand.

While his work has stretched from São Paulo to Helsinki, he remains a true Wicker Park native, digging into the character(s) of Chicago – the stew of down-and-out and up-and-up, the meatpackers, the artists, the street-wise, and the stupid.

The first comprehensive survey of Dont Fret's work/life thus far, this monograph showcases a decade of his street and gallery work and features memories and anecdotes from fellow artists and friends, as well as a foreword by writer and Brooklyn Street Art co-founder Steven P Harrington.

About the Author – Dont Fret is an American artist living and working in Chicago. In addition to his wheat-pasting practice, he has created large-scale murals all over the world, including New York, Miami, San Francisco, São Paulo, London, Berlin, Puglia, and Helsinki. He was also prominently featured in the Netflix original series 'Easy'.

Dont Fret and LDNGraffiti Catch Up...

How are things in Chicago, are you self-isolating?

Chicago is pretty gearing up and getting tough as we always do. I have been locked up in my studio for seven weeks with whiskey and meat pies from a local London inspired pub called Pleasant House. Locals are supporting one another.

Are you planning/producing any new work?

I’m hard at work on a new body of work and a personal body of work called 'not going crazy'. Also my uncle Jerry is doing a podcast and I’ve been teaching him how to use Instagram, that’s been fun.

How do you feel the US government is handling things?

State government I. Illinois is doing what it’s supposed to be doing and making really hard decisions. The man in orange can go fuck off.

What do you hope for the future?

Less vegan options.

If you could do one new thing now, what would it be?

Go to a vegan tapas restaurant, or maybe jet ski. I think I’d be bored with both after one go.

Any shout-outs?

In London; Edwin, Emma, Gary, Sweet Toof and all the Unit 5 team.

LDNGraffiti:

Dont Fret's new book 'Life Thus Far' is one heavy bound tome, and makes for a timely read while being distinctly thought-provoking and entertaining.

Full of rich photography and double-page spreads of his street and gallery artwork, it explores Dont Fret's narrative themes and is a great document of his creative output complimenting our local social environments.

WIN a copy of 'Life Thus Far' by Dont Fret

LDNGraffiti has one copy of Dont Fret's new book to giveaway, courtesy of Schiffer Publishing Ltd and Gazelle Books.

Just leave a comment below to enter the competition lottery. You can also enter via Twtter, Facebook, and Instagram soon, so go follow LDNGraffiti and look out for posts tagged #DontFretLDNCompetition

– Competition closes 10/06/20*, the winner will be notified thereafter.

* Open to UK residents only.

Life Thus Far by Dont Fret, from Schiffer Publishing:

  • Dimensions: 215mm x 280mm
  • Details: 256 pages / 216 colour illustrations / Hardback
  • Price: £47.99 / ISBN: 9780764358166
  • Published: December 2019 by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
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