September 18 – November 15
Artist Reception September 18 5-9pm
Curated by Leon Loughridge
Printmaking is an artistic medium overloaded with process. As opposed to creating the image directly on the substrate, a printmaker creates the image in reverse on a printing matrix, transferring that to the final image substrate with assorted pressure devices. Even this is done piece meal, with multiple states, blocks or templates, layering color upon color to generate a final image. This convoluted process of transferring images from block to paper can be a real detriment to an artist’s creativity. The process is fraught with procedural distractions, challenging the printmaker to remain focused artistically while managing the intricacies of the process.
An understanding of the printmaking process is achieved by many; mastering of the process by fewer; and the handling of the medium intuitively for expressive results is achieved by even fewer. When the process becomes a tool, merely a brush, so to speak, for the artist to apply and manipulate color, value and texture, expressive work with universal appeal is the result. The artists in this exhibit have all moved beyond mastering the process in their own realm of printmaking. Their prints speak beyond the medium.