About the exhibition
Juror: Althea Murphy Price
Opening Reception: December 9th, 7pm-9pm
Exhibition: December 9th, 2016 through February 4, 2017
Viewing hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Also by appointment – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
AIR: Artists Image Resource
518 Foreland Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
FREE and open to the public.
The Artists: Artists Image Resource and juror Althea Murphy Price would like to congratulate the following artists who make up the PRINTWORK 2016 exhibition. This exhibition celebrates an exceptional group of artists working with contemporary printmaking in diverse ways.
Erika Adams (Jamaica Plain, MA)
Kenneth Batista (Pittsburgh, PA)
Becky Blosser (Lancaster, PA)
Taylor Callery (Baltimore, MD)
Aaron Coleman (DeKalb, IL)
Raphael Cornford (Oakland, CA)
Justin Diggle (Salt Lake City, UT)
Jon Goebel (Hilo, HI)
Daniel Heskamp (Corpus Christi, TX)
Yuji Hiratsuka (Corvallis, OR)
Mark Hosford (Nashville, TN)
Raluca Iancu (Ruston, LA)
Brian Johnson (Austin, TX)
Elizabeth Klimek (Gaithersburg, MD)
Rachel Livedalen (Fort Worth, TX)
Ashton Ludden (Knoxville, TN)
Thomas Norulak (Pittsburgh, PA)
Meghan O’Connor (Laurel, NE)
Jim Pearson (Lawrenceville, IL)
John Runner (Newport News, VA)
Amanda Scuglia (New York, NY)
Laurie Sloan (Storrs, CT)
Featured solo exhibition:
Select works by Jake Guzan, the winner of the Director’s Award from Printwork 2015 will also be on view. Guzan earned BS and BFA degrees from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois in 2014 and was awarded the Dow P. Mitchell Endowed Printmaking Scholarship for 2011-2014. While at Bradley, he served as a Letterpress/Book Arts Assistant in the Gold Quoin Press, helping to edition Unclose the Door, a book of Laura Madeline Wiseman’s poems. He is currently an MFA student at West Virginia University, in Morgantown, WV, teaching drawing and intaglio printmaking as a part of his graduate assistantship.
Althea Murphy Price is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches printmaking. She received an MA in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University, and an MFA in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art. She has presented and exhibited her work extensively including Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Richmond, St. Louis, and Beijing, China. In addition to her exhibition record Murphy-Price has also been an artist in residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright School, University of Hawaii, Hilo and The Vermont Studio Center. Her work was featured in the book Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process by Beth Grabowski and Bill Fick. You can learn more about Althea and her work at: http://altheamurphyprice.
Given our country’s current events, a turbulent political climate, racial and gender inequality, environmental destruction and seemingly infinite technological growth, I have looked to find some understanding of the chaos and inequity through art. I find myself disheartened by these recent events that, despite our progress, reflect a country still facing some of the same challenges that has plagued our history. We as artists have the fortunate ability to illuminate issues within society, and lead the way to a better understanding of ourselves and others. In the process of selection, I was surprised to discover that I am not alone, so many of us share the same thoughts and concerns of self, culture, community and the future ahead. They too are looking for a better understanding of the world around them.
The majority of artist’s submissions for this exhibit shared an overarching interest in social, political and environmental topics. Each from their perspectives, have looked inward for personal refection or outward in response to the world. For this reason, I chose to curate the exhibit with the theme of perception and seeing in mind. Words such as, repurpose, locating, community, building, home, disaster, surveillance, gender, and animal rights, fill these artist’s statements and titles.
The thought of seeing in order to locate oneself is directly related to the work of Erika Adams in her lithographic print Future. Some artists in this exhibit used the subject of land and building to address their thoughts on home thru distortion and destruction such as the work of Becky Blosser. While artists Aaron Coleman’s Survivor of the Great American Autoclave, and Brian Johnson’s, …a fragile achievement… visualize a more uncertain apocalyptic future. Artist Amanda Scuglia describes her work Remains as a reflection of “…society’s sensations of uncertainty in this post-millennial state…a state of ambiguity between familiar realities and uncanny dreamscapes.”. Prints by Ashton Ludden and Daniel Heskamp express their shared interest for animal and agricultural issues and artist Yuji Hiratsuka and Mark Hosford, each suggestively tackle issues related to both gender and race. Much of this work communicates a chaotic and fragile state of existence, a point of outlook, or an upward trajectory of movement.
With very few exceptions, the exhibit reflects only the most recent work of each artist, completed in 2016. I believe this is important to note given the country’s current events and that my selection process was largely guided by looking for work that in my eyes offered an invested analysis of seeing and perceiving the world.
I had a wonderful time reviewing the work for this exhibit. My inclination was to select work that was visually challenging and equally guided by concept. I looked at every image with respect and careful consideration to choose what I thought best fit the show in quality and concept. Given that every artists submission was both skillful and thoughtful made my job extremely difficult. Congratulation to all who entered and for sharing your work and ideas with me. I am thankful for the gained insight your work has brought to my life, since, seeing the world a bit differently profits all of us.