24" x 36" limited-edition silkscreened poster by Mike Reddy / Austin, TX
Edition of 35 | Signed and numbered by the artist | Sold unframed
Much of my personal work since moving to Austin, Texas, in the summer of 2015 has revolved around how old Austin coexists with the new tech-boom Austin. I see the changes daily in my neighborhood of Brentwood as the original one-story houses are knocked down and replaced with large, contemporary duplexes. My work attempts to address my role in enabling these changes and presents my conflicting opinions about preservation and a love of modernism. Beyond changing the character of Austin neighborhoods, the influx of money and the increase in population has driven up property values and created a greater need for the support of fair and affordable housing. A big part of what brought me to Austin is the variety of people who live here. But if we don’t ensure that there is room for all in this city, we are at risk of destroying its creative, diverse community.
Mike Reddy is an illustrator and designer living in Austin, Texas. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Esquire. He has created cover illustrations for The Austin Chronicle and Austin Monthly. Mike is the former design director of Seventeen and HGTV magazines, as well as the founding art director for record label StarTime International (now an imprint of Columbia). His artwork has appeared in shows curated by Northern-Southern gallery, including CARRY ONS (Fall 2016) at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Archer hotel in Austin has dedicated a floor to a set of his Texas-inspired drawings.