Date(s) - 05/17/2018
All Day or See Within
McGowan Fine Art
Opening Reception: “Impressed” – Contemporary Printmaking – 4/17-5/25 – Free.
Impressed – Contemporary Printmaking! | April 17 – May 25, 2018 | Opening Reception: April 20, 5 – 7 PM |
Printmaking covers a wide variety of techniques that transfer an image from matrix to paper. An image is carved into the matrix, which can be a material as simple as foam or linoleum or as complicated as acid etched metal plates. Most of these techniques allow the artist to make multiple prints of the same image, but they are still considered originals because they were conceived by the artist to be a multiple. For this reason, prints are often less expensive than other mediums and are a great starting point for art collectors.
Several of the artists use some form of relief printing, a technique defined by the ink sitting on the surface which has not been carved away from the matrix. Sheri Tomek uses solarplates to create her linear, geometric designs. Threads are laid across the plate and exposed to the sun and inked in vivid magentas, purples and pinks. By turning the plate several times she creates intersections of color. They are bold and graphic.
Nori Pepe, a newcomer to McGowan Fine Art creates large scale urban images on linoleum reflecting her days as an aerial photographer. “I would get the shot they paid me to take and then started shooting what interested me- rooftops, villages…,” says Pepe. “Safe Harbor” depicts an English port on a cozy peninsula. Tight packed houses are rendered in bold black and white. It is a prosaic and simple image. Lyell Castonguay creates woodblock prints on a truly monumental scale. His print “Goliath” is the largest in the exhibition at 80” wide. He incorporates the wood grain into this image of a monstrous Guinea Fowl.
Some artists opt for prints that are entirely unique. Monoprints involve painting directly onto a matrix- with no carving, there is no opportunity to repeat an image. Vicky Tomayko uses an array of techniques to create her one of a kind prints. “I used brushes, rollers, stencils, and rags to make an image on a plate, printed it, printed the ghost, over printed a reworked image, and printed from the damp inky paper as well’, states Tomayko. The repetitive nature of her printed plates mixed with the chaotic pigments of her work creates an unknown world full of peculiar creatures.
Sara Emerson uses the technique of pochoir- cut out shapes are used as stencils to create simple, overlapping forms on the paper. This overlapping allows transparent inks to create new forms and colors. The image is far more complex than the seemingly simple process.
The techniques of printmaking appear mechanical and the ability to make multiples diminishes the uniqueness of a print, but to a seasoned eye there are distinctions. Each plate is individually inked leading to variations in colors and density. These can be subtle or not. This show promises a variety of images and an opportunity to learn about the different techniques.
Lyell Castonguay will be presenting on BIGINK, his traveling large format print workshop, at the Capitol Center for the Arts Salon Series on May 19 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are on sale through the CCA for $25.
This exhibit will be on display at McGowan Fine Art, 2 Phenix Avenue, Concord, NH. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment. Please email or call Sarah Chaffee at (603) 225-2515, for more information or visit our website at mcgowanfineart.com.
McGowan Fine Art
2 Phenix Ave.