Jennifer Block, our intern from the University of Maryland, wrote the following reaction to our current April Member Exhibition. This show will continue through Sunday, April 27 in The Press Room.
In The Press Room, an array of prints done by the gallery’s members are featured. Each print has a very distinct style, ranging from Nina Muys’ pastel-like flower print, to Max-Karl Winkler’s black-and-white woodcut. Each print stands out in its own way, due to size, subject, or technique. The small gallery space allows for the visitor to circle the room slowly and carefully and give each piece the attention that it deserves. I was particularly drawn to Ron Mieck’s piece, Citreon, due to its unusual dimensions. Its long, vertical shape made me look closely at the detail involved in creating such an interestingly shaped print. The small intricate piece done by Margaret Adams Parker titled Bagatelle, 5, is a quaint, square piece with a large border. The small print draws the viewer in and makes you look up close to see the details and hard work put into it.
“Blossoms II” by Michael Hagan
I also enjoyed Michael Hagan’s screenprint, Blossoms II, which reminds me of the Japanese block print style with a modern twist. The range of subject and style is what kept me moving throughout the room to see what the next piece had to offer. Yolanda Frederikse executed the landscape in a more traditional way, using the monotype process and a classic style landscape composition. It is interesting to compare and contrast the styles and techniques. Overall, the small room packs so much talent and beauty in each print, you could spend just as much time in The Press Room as you could in the rest of the gallery.
Pyramid Atlantic founder Helen Frederick has curated the exhibition Noesis: 12 Printmakers Looking Intuitively at the World at the Cosmos Club. The Cosmos Club is a private club, but we did want to mention the exhibition because we saw so many familiar names, including current members Rosemary Cooley, Jenny Freestone, Trudi Y. Ludwig and Margaret Adams Parker. Additionally, we’re pleased to see former member Fleming Jeffries and WPG friends Elzbieta Sikorska as exhibitors. If you are a member of the Cosmos Club (or friends with one!), this exhibition will be up May 16-September 8.
Our opening reception is tomorrow, along with Peggy’s talk at 2 pm! We hope to see you there to check out some of this great work in person!
Next week is the opening of Margaret Adams Parker’s solo exhibition, Signs and Seasons (and also the Press Room Mini Solo In My Nature by Robin Gibson). Saturday is the opening reception as well as the artist talk by Margaret Adams Parker. In case you missed it in the Spring Newsletter, here’s a reprint of part of the article on this upcoming show:
As I write this in early February I am lamenting – through two complex images – the frailty of advanced age. Sunt lacrimae rerum is printed from an assemblage of 14 etched plates: five of them are based on drawings of my mother’s decline; the other nine “spacers” are darkened with dots and jagged lines – like the tangle of her mind. Et mentem mortalia tangent pairs an etching of my mother with one of a man who is elderly but still alert. I am experimenting with different arrangements and may possibly include counterproofs in the final composition. The counterproof impression – a pale (and reversed) version of the etching- seems an apt metaphor for the losses that come with aging. (The titles for these works are taken from Virgil’s Aeneid, Book 1:462, where Aeneas weeps as he stares at murals picturing his comrades lost in the Trojan War: “Here are tears for things, and thoughts of mortality touch the mind.”)
But all is not lament. I am eager to work on more joyous images: a fiddler playing jigs with his band; three young women sharing photos on the subway; my granddaughters.
In the etchings of the natural world, I depict the skeletal remains of once flourishing life: ancient trees, fading leaves, bones, and seed pods. But I couple these with images of new birth. Signs and Seasons, the work that gives the show its title, celebrates the improbable return of life to a tree wrenched apart by a storm. To accompany this work I have written a poem (an entirely new endeavor for me), reflecting on new life out of death…[this poem makes] explicit the commonality that I see between seasons in our lives and in the natural world, the words forming a bridge between these two parts of the show.
You can read Peggy’s poem, as well as see her etchings, sculpture, and drawings, May 1-26. The opening reception is Saturday, May 4, 1-4 pm.
Hmmm…we’re having a bit of trouble posting things-this was supposed to go up on Saturday. Crossing our fingers it goes out today!
It’s the first weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival and we’re celebrating!
Tomorrow from 2-4 pm, the Chaney Gallery (Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD) hosts the opening of “Connections,” a show featuring artists of multiple media. 4 of those 5 artists are WPG members. So, if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by!
WPG’s Fall Intern, Jackson, from University of Maryland, shares his thoughts on this month’s exhibition. Read on!
The show this month at Washington Printmaker is Blurring the Lines, which included mixed media print by several different artists. These prints combined different printmaking methods and even some hand drawn and sculptural elements. All the artists are able to seamlessly combined different media to create beautiful and engaging works. A couple of the work that show really what can be done with mixed media prints are: Margaret Adams Parker’s “TSee What I Have Seen,” Terry Svat’s “Refuge: Box II” and Clare Winslow’s “Sea Map Series.”
“To See What I Have Seen” By Margaret Adams Parker.
Parker layers different kinds of prints to show the viewer the connection between a person and their past. In her work “To See What I Have Seen” she juxtaposes a wood block print of a soldier over top of small collagraph prints of the horrific thing he has seen. This juxtaposition show the viewer how heavily these thing weigh upon this mans soul.
Other artist in the show use more then just printing to great there works. Terry Svat’s “Refuge: Box II” uses both collagraph and etched print with in a shadow box. With in the box is also a metal tin and some hand made paper. The mixing of these different elements creates a three-dimensional environment that the viewer can get lost in.
Recognize these from the press image? Sea Map Series 1-3 by Clare Winslow
Some of the artist even combine old and new printing methods. Take Clare Winslow, who combines screen printing and digital print in her Sea Map Series. In this series of works Clare creates geometric shapes that are being washed over with blue ink. These shapes feel like they are floating in the sea.
This is just a small selection of the works and the artists that are a part of the show. When you see all the works together, you can see the limitless possibilities present by mixed media printings.