OCTOBER 9TH - NOVEMBER 20TH, 2015
PRESSURE POINTS: 27 Artists in Print is an exhibition that examines dynamic approaches to printmaking, and poses questions about the current definition of what constitutes a print.
This exhibition is mounted in conjunction with The Print Center 100.
PRESSURE POINTS is an exhibition that examines dynamic approaches to printmaking, and poses questions about the current definition of what constitutes a print.
Printmaking remains as broad and energetic as ever even while evolving into new roles alongside today’s digital technologies. A contemporary context exists for Print wherein the genre is reinforcing its place among the fine arts. Digital and commercial practices such as off-set litho, and screenprint are being used side-by- side with the etching press, ink roller, or litho stone to expand what it means to make work in multiples, feeding a resurgence of artists working and experimenting within the medium.
The collective works in this exhibition celebrate ‘Print’ in all its forms, and ask the viewer to consider the intertwined relationships of technical execution and artistic collaboration that occur between the ‘Master Printer’ and the ‘Artist’. Often working with artists whose skills lie across other mediums, the Master Printer must lend his or her expertise and precision to the Artist’s impulse. The original concepts may be loose and gestural or inspired by the moment, but it is the Master Printer that captures this artistic spontaneity and reproduces it.
Here, in this evolving and sometimes paradoxical conversation between Artist and Master Printer, printmaking is continually revitalized and reinvented. The opportunity for collaboration is exciting, providing both parties with a unique opportunity to work within a legacy of craftsmanship while pushing its technical boundaries to create work that is fresh, authentic, and unexpected. Yet it can also be challenging as each must depend on the other’s input to form the final image. “So why collaborate?” Cindi Ettinger, a Master Printer herself, offers: “to see how different arts think and problem solve … it’s a chance to work on their artwork with somebody else helping them to ask the questions and see the possibilities that they wouldn’t see when they are alone in their studio.”
PRESSURE POINTS shows a breadth of work spanning lithography, woodcut, screen print, intaglio and beyond. Some manually manipulate or mimic digital processes, like the undulating moire patterns of BJ Alumbaugh’s Static Variations No. 5, achieved through mis-registered screenprinting, or the etching paper blooming up among appliquéd laser printed flowers in the delicate embossment of Virgil Marti’s Untitled.
Others elevate traditional methods through playful experimentation. Daniel Heyman’s When Photographers are Blinded Eagles Wings are Clipped II takes print off the page and onto boards of wood as the printed surface which are then ‘constructed’ into a monumental obelisk. Christopher Hartshorne’s Incog Helmet is similarly sculptural, a wearable paper body wrap printed with swirling woodcuts.
And some use a unique process all their own. Golnar Adili’s Self Portrait hangs bodily; fleshy folds mimic the subject of Adili’s own body. She uses laser printers, solvent, and presses to create a Printed result that reads somehow like a xerox. The surface of the paper is waxy, corporeal, the cuts in the paper opening and expressing as the paper waves away from the wall. It is work not quite digital, not quite by hand, but absolutely print.
PRESSURE POINTS is curated by Cindi Ettinger, Alexis Granwell, Tory Savery, and Alex Kirillov, and features works by Golnar Adili, BJ Alumbach, Katie Baldwin, Marc Blumthal, Tom Burckhardt, Victoria Burge, Deborah Chaney, David Curcio, Amze Emmons, Cindi Ettinger, Steven Ford, Rebecca Gilbert, Katya Gorker, Alexis Granwell, Christopher Hartshorne, Daniel Heyman, Anna Hoberman, Nicola Lopez, Virgil Marti, Sarah McEneaney, Yoonmi Nam, Alexis Nutini, Bill Scott, James Siena, Andrew Spence, Mike Stack, and Joe Wardwell.
The exhibit is mounted in conjunction with The Print Center 100.