Printwork 2015

PRINTWORK 2015
Artists Image Resource presents its annual national juried print exhibition, titled “PRINTWORK 2015”. This project was designed to showcase exceptional, vibrant and innovative contemporary printwork being created by artists from throughout the United States.

Exhibition Dates:
December 11, 2015 through February 5, 2016
Regular gallery hours: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 10 pm or by special appointment (email info@artistsimageresource.org)

Where:
AIR: Artists Image Resource
518 Foreland Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
info@artistsimageresource.org
412- 321-8664

Cost:
FREE

The Artists:
Artists Image Resource and juror Dan Byers would like to congratulate the following artists who make up the PRINTWORK 2015 exhibition. This exhibition celebrates an exceptional group of artists working with contemporary printmaking in diverse ways.

David Avery (San Francisco, CA)
Janet Ballweg (Bowling Green, OH)
Kristen Bartel (Racine, WI)
Bill Brookover (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Justin Diggle (Salt Lake City, UT)
Andrea Ferrigno (Galesburg, IL)
Craig Fisher (Toledo, OH)
Brett Groves (Oswego, NY)
Jacob Guzan (Westover, WV)
Sofie Hodara (Brookline, MA)
Robert Howsare (Buckhannon, WV)
Richard Hricko (Philadelphia, PA)
Andrew Kozlowski (Auburn, AL)
Luciana Maiorana (New York, NY)
Jonathan McFadden (Lexington, KY)
Christine Medley (Olyphant, PA)
Kristin Powers Nowlin (Manhattan, KS)
Jim Pearson (Lawrenceville, IL)
Megan Perra (Portland, OR)
Lisa Wicka (LaFayette, IL)
Jenny Wiener (Tavares, FL)

The show also features a solo exhibition by Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz, Director’s Award Winner from PRINTWORKS 2014. Mr. Ruiz is a multidisciplinary artist whose work engages the development and recession of culture within the context of contemporary life through superstition, symbolism, and oral histories. Works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and published in numerous print matter. Ruiz received his BFA from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi in 2015 and is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in painting and printmaking.

Press:
Tribune Review – North Side art exhibit expands on print-media approaches

Juror Dan Byers's Statement

Being a juror for a project like Printwork is a little bit like being a tourist in a vast and teaming metropolis with only twelve hours to see the city. There is no possibility for context, history, or long conversations with the citizenry. Rather, the squares, buildings, people, views, tastes, smells, alleys and boulevards that leave an impression are those that announce their intention and use with clarity and conviction, or small moments that linger in the mind for their contradictions, obstinacy, and pleasurable offness. In any case, the natural order and agreed upon routes that are second nature to the inhabitants may or may not be legible at all to the visitor.

I don’t know anything about the artists who made the beautiful works that make up this exhibition. And this is a strange feeling for a curator, as my job is to take care of the artist, make sure their intentions are properly expressed, and provide context for their work. But in many ways it is a liberating feeling. I approached these works as images, and let the images meet me half way between their persuasion and my expectations for them.

And so hopefully this group of affecting prints, made for many diverging reasons, speaks to the desire images (especially those that are reproducible) elicit within us. And since desire is always complicated and often contradictory, hopefully this collection of prints conveys those feelings as well, picturing the frustration and pleasure of consuming and producing the images that create our worlds.

about Dan Byers

Dan Byers has been Senior Curator at the ICA/Boston since February 2015. His upcoming exhibitions at the ICA include shows by Diane Simpson (December 2015)  and Geoffrey Farmer (April 2016).  Previously, Byers led the modern and contemporary art department at the Carnegie Museum of Art since 2009, and was appointed the first Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2012. He was co-curator, curated with Daniel Baumann and Tina Kukielski, of the 2013 Carnegie International. Other exhibitions at the Carnegie included Ragnar Kjartansson: Song (which traveled to MoCA North Miami and ICA/Boston), exhibitions of Cathy Wilkes, James Lee Byars, David Hartt, and Pierre Leguillon, along with group exhibitions such as Reanimation, featuring William E. Jones, Joachim Koester and Nashashibi/Skaer. Prior to his work at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Byers was a curatorial fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and assistant to the directors at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. He was recently Adjunct Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University School of Art’s MFA program, and currently sits on the National Advisory Committee of the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College and the Artist Advisory Committee of the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Byers, who has published essays on artists such as Jeronimo Elespe, Michelle Grabner, and Joachim Koester, holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College.