Consummate wiseguy, 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 textsâoften ""belonging"" to the neighborhood they inhabitâskewers the obvious and reflects the normalized-until-numbed issues of the city back at the passerby experiencing them firsthand. While his work has stretched from São Paulo to Helsinki, he remains a true Wicker Park native, digging into the character(s) of Chicagoâthe 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, Sao Paulo, London, Berlin, Puglia, and Helsinki. He was also prominently featured in the Netflix original series Easy.