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.
On Sunday, October 6, WPG hosted an artist reception for the current solo exhibit “Tessellations, Tentacles & Tattoo” by Michael Hagan. Below are some photos taken during the event. This show will run in the gallery through Sunday, October 27. As well, we are exhibiting the solo exhibit “Monotypes: Responding to the Plate” by Susan Carney this month in the Press Room.
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!
It’s been a while since we’ve had an Intern Perspectives post! We welcome Gabriella Sarraf, currently studying at the Corcoran, as our fall intern. The following is her response to Mike Hagan’s solo exhibition, Doodle Digit Dot. Enjoy!
Gallery shot of Doodle Digit Dot, "Damsels Devolving" is on the Left.
Amid the diverse contemporary artwork in the Washington Printmakers Gallery, I felt magnetism to Michael Hagan’s silkscreen prints displayed in the Doodle Digital Dot exhibit. Hagan’s work is undeniable to the common passerby. This is mainly because of his vibrant use of color that is so visually stimulating. The energy of his work is lively and fresh. Hagan illustrates simple subject in a grand way with his use of lines, dots, and composition. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hear him speak of his work at his recent opening. The artist expressed such passion in the way he described his art and process. Hearing this I was able to gain an even greater respect for his pieces.
My particular favorite was his piece titled “Damsel Devolving” a black and white screen-print. This piece is similar to Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” with its array of nude woman; some have had their face distorted into Picasso’s African masks. I am particularly drawn to this print because of its composition. The subjects compliment each other with their different positions and their fluid sense of being. Michael Hagan’s art worked well together in this Doodle Digital Dot Exhibition.
He created his own language throughout the unity of his prints. The essence of his work translates his ideas, and addresses contemporary ideals as he manages to ground the traditions of his style and form.
Overland Trail, 12-color reduction woodcut by Max-Karl Winkler
WPG is excited to announce that our artists will be included in a second exhibition at Reagan, entitled “Pushing Process.” We will be exhibiting alongside DC GlassWorks November 1-April 2012.
“Pushing Process” contains prints that stretch the normal limits of printmaking in different ways. For example, Max’s Overland Trail Museum is an 11-color reduction woodcut, far more colors than the average reduction or regular woodcut. Anne McLaughlin’s embellished monotypes combine collaged and sewn material on the little-used technique of clay monoprints. Mike Hagan’s screenprints are printed on the unusual surface of Vivia, a Tyvek-like product (yes, like the Tyvek that is used to wrap houses) that makes them almost indestructible.
If you saw our first show at the Reagan Airport, we encourage you to come back for this second exhibition, made all the more exciting by the inclusion of DC GlassWorks! Check back in November for more images and installation shots!
There are several events and exhibitions we want to bring to your attention. WPG artists, as always, have been very busy of late:
Tonight, 7:30-9:30 pm, is the opening reception for Drawn to Washington 2 by the Washington Print Club. This exhibition is at the Visarts Center in Rockville. Max-Karl Winkler, Terry Svat, and Pauline Jakobsberg (and possibly more?) all have pieces in the show. You can find out more information about this exhibition at the link above.
"Copy of Knowledge" by Martha Oatway
Martha Oatway has prints in the exhibition Arts Scienceat the Sarah Silberman Gallery, Montgomery College, Rockville. This exhibition celebrates the opening of Montgomery College’s Rockville Science Center, and includes eight artists whose work incorporates science through concept, imagery, or technique. “Arts Science” runs October 12-November 4, with the opening reception being Wednesday, October 12, 5-7 pm. More information is at the link above.
Also, if you’re in the New York area October 31-November 5, you’re just in time for New York Print Week and an exhibition of WPG members’ work at the National Arts Club, courtesy of our friends at the New York Society of Etchers (also our January Invitational Artists, details coming soon!). The opening reception is Tuesday, November 1, 6-8 pm.
Finally, next weekend (not tomorrow!) is the opening for Doodle Digit Dot and Without Reservations–Saturday, October 8, 1-4 pm. Both Michael Hagan and Anne McLaughlin will be in attendance. We hope to see you there!
Posted in Around the Neighborhood, Artists and Art, Exhibition, Gallery news, Member Artist news, Printmaking
Tagged Anne McLaughlin, Martha Oatway, Max-Karl Winkler, Michael Hagan, montgomery college, New York Society of Etchers, Pauline Jakobsberg, Terry Svat, Visarts, WPG
Check out our exhibitions this month in the slideshow! Doodle Digit Dot
is the solo exhibition by Michael Hagan
in our main space, and Without Reservations
is the mini-solo in the Press Room by Anne McLaughlin
. Also on view is the member exhibition.
The opening reception for all these shows is next Saturday, October 8, 1-4 pm during Michael’s informal Conversations with the Printmaker. We hope to see you there!