Traditional printmaking is process-oriented. It relies on a series of intricate steps carried out by a printmaker to create an image. Similarly, computer-incorporated creation relies on preset methodologies from a computer for output. In their artwork, these three emerging artists undertake complex processes to combine both print and digital technologies. Each artist walks the line between what is purely mechanical and what is innately human.
This is an exhibition I curated! It was a part of the MAPC Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and was is on display at FirstBuild from October 1st to October 31st, 2016. FirstBuild is not a traditional gallery. They are a maker-space, so their front room was an interesting challenge for an art-show. We made it work well and the FristBuild team was an amazing help. Their staff is engineers, designers, scientists, students, and artists and they mainly work on projects for GE creating unique and innovative appliances (You'll see some of that influence in the pictures, they are very good at what they do!). They also take ideas from the public and work with community members to complete projects (What an amazing concept!!). Any community member can submit project ideas to FristBuild and get help completing the project from FristBuild staff or come in on their own to work. The resources are free to the public (you just buy material) and the space is open in the evenings. It is a phenomenal maker-space and the city of Louisville is lucky to have this resource. The space (as I'm remembering it) has several 3' x 4' bed laser-cutters, 4 or 5 MakerBot 3D printers, electronics prototyping center, hardware tools, Amanda Metal lasers, water-jet cutter, and several CNC machines (It was mightily impressive). (more info https://firstbuild.com/co-create/ ) Anyways, they are hoping to work more with artists so be on the look out for what they do next! They were excited to have our show in their space, and truly felt the artistic presence is a great inspiration to their work. I think the methodical approach to digital abstraction and the use and influence of digital technologies present in Elise Hanson, Jenny Harp, and my work complimented FirstBuild's workspace. And now a bunch of photos from the show! I'm also including still images of the prints from the show from Jenny and Elise's websites.
Friday, September 16, 2016 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm On View: September 16, 2016 – October 15, 2016
Highpoint Center for Printmaking is pleased to present Stand Out Prints, Highpoint’s second international juried print exhibition. 72 prints and objects (by 64 artists across four countries and 27 states) were selected from more than 800 submissions through an international call. Juror Elizabeth Wyckoff, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum, offered the following remarks:
As I studied the strong field of entries, I was excited to see so many artists approaching new and old media in intriguing ways, and working on a large scale as well. The field of entries was impressive and varied, and in the end it was my hope that the show would convey a sense of how this group of artists is tackling a range of issues both familiar and unfamiliar, where the primary aim could be pictorial, personal, conceptual, or political, alone or in combination. All of these works demonstrate how art, whether it shocks or pleases, always moves the viewer.
The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, September 16, from 6:30 – 9 pm. At this free event, guests will have the opportunity to mingle, tour HP’s printshop, and enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Stand Out Prints Juror Elizabeth Wyckoff will give brief remarks that evening at 7 pm.