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Untitled, Monoprint by Mara Duvra

If you make the effort to see one student art show this year it should be Impressed at the Brentwood Arts Exchange (and next February it should be Excellence in Printmaking, at WPG!).  Impressed is a show of recent prints by University of Maryland Undergrad students, and making it over there was definitely worth it!

I missed the opening, but went to see the work this week as recent intern Fawna Xiao and current member (and recent graduate of UMD) Shahla Abdi had work in the exhibition.  What a great group of prints!  First, there are over 100 of them, so there is a lot to look at.  Second, there is a broad range of media–lithographs, which seem more and more rare, digital work, mezzotints, lots of mixed media prints–these students really covered everything.  Kudos to Margo Humphrey, Justin Strom, and the rest of the UMD art department for doing a great job!

"Something Outside" mixed media screenprint by Kunj Patel

Two favorites were an untitled piece by Mara Duvra and “Something Outside” by Kunj Patel (Mara’s, above, Kunj’s, left).  Both are technically monoprints, though Kunj’s is also labeled a “mixed media screenprint.”  Mara’s has a lovely sense of space and the subtle lines around the figure add to its sense of movement.  The dynamic between the two figures is interesting, as well, I kept coming back to this print to look at it again.

“Something Outside” is a viscerally evocative print–it brings to mind oil slicks (a very charged imagery at this time) and ink-blot tests.  The print seems to ask, “what do you see?” which can be as simple an answer as cloud-gazing or a more serious examination of the psyche.

Finally, a bonus about student work–the prices!!!  The majority of prints in there were under $100, and like I said, they are some beautiful prints!  Hopefully we’ll be seeing more from these students in our upcoming Excellence in Printmaking Exhibition, and maybe even as future members of WPG!

Printmaking 101: Edition Numbers

Have you ever been confused by the numbers or letters beside a title of a print, or in the lower corner of the actual work?  These strange little codes denote where the print is in an edition, or series of prints.  To improve your printmaking saavy, here is a breakdown of basic edition information you may see beside a print:

Edition Number (ex – 1/60, 3/10, 2/3, etc) – Prints are made from a matrix, such as a woodblock or copper plate, allowing multiple impressions to be made of the same image, or in other words, an edition.  Depending on the technique, it is up to the artist how large an edition will be.  In a traditional edition, prints should be as close to identical as possible.  So, if there are 10 prints in an edition, the first (1/10) and the last (10/10) should look the same.  Regardless of edition size these are all still ORIGINAL works of art!

Nostalgia II by Shahla Abdi, part of a varied edition.

Edition Variable–the exception to the above rule is the Edition Variable, usually denoted by EV but artists also sometimes put Ed. Var, Var. Ed. or VE.  This goes next to editions where the prints may not be

Nostalgia II by Shahla Abdi, note how the matrix is the same as the above print but the inks used to print the image is different

identical.  For example, an etching may be printed and then portions hand-colored in different ways.

Artist Proof–artist proofs are usually pulled before an edition, denoted by AP.  These are usually identical prints that are kept separate from an edition for the artists own purposes.  For example, if an artist is in a print exchange and needs to print 30 prints to give away, but wants to keep a few to sell, he or she may print an additional 5 artist proofs.  Sometimes monotype artists also call edition their prints as an Artist Proof, since there is only one of them.

Vessel II, 3rd State by Jenny Freestone

Trial Proof–Trial Proofs (TP, or CTP for color trial proofs) are prints pulled before the print is ready to be editioned.  Essentially, the artist is getting an idea of what the image looks like so they can make changes to the matrix as needed.  Often times, artists will pull several of a trial proof at a certain state (indicated by state numbers, such as Vessel II, 3rd State, to the left), before moving on.

Now that you know a little more about those edition numbers, take a closer look at them next time you’re in the gallery.  Seeing if a print is denoted 5/16, 6/20 EV, TP, or AP gives you more insight into the artists working process and can help you understand the print better–plus seriously impress any visitors you bring along with your conniosseurship!

Opening Reception today: New Faces, New Prints

Press release and pictures for New Faces, New Prints!  Check out our facebook album for additional views of the members exhibition as well.

Silver Spring, MD – The Washington Printmakers Gallery is pleased to announce New Faces-New Prints II (after our first show by that title in 2008),introducing the six artists that have joined WPG in the past year.  These printmakers come from all over the country and are presenting a variety of new work and techniques. 

 About the Artists              

  Shahla Abdi is a recent BFA graduate from the University of

Prints by Shahla Abdi

 Maryland, where she won the Washington Print Club’s Excellence in Printmaking Award.  As the daughter of an Azeri-Iranian and an Irish-American, Shahla’s work is heavily influenced by shifting notions of cultural identity and of one’s sense of place.

Prints by Trisha Gupta

               Trisha Gupta is a recent BFA graduate from Washington University in St Louis, MO.  Trisha commemorates natural disasters through personal relations. Trisha says her work “brings me in dialogue with events that have affected me personally, and allows me to give personal experiences the commemoration I know they deserve.”

                Joan Krash is WPG’s newest artist member.  Joan’s solarplate monoprints are inspired by Ikebana, the

Prints by Joan Krash

art of Japanese flower arrangement, as well as her background as a psychologist, evident in the complexity and layering of her imagery. 

                Tony Lazorko is a woodcut artist who has exhibited extensively across the nation, including shows with the Los Angeles Printmakers Society and the International Print Center in New York.  Tony’s work depicts the American experience in a way that turns the mundane into an aesthetically pleasing and instantly recognizable experience.

Prints by Matina Marki Tillman (Left) and Tony Lazorko (right)

Matina Marki Tillman was born and raised in Western Greece.  Her culture, combined with her university background in Greek Medieval and Modern Literature and Poetry have been the source of much of her inspiration in creating her magic-realism prints.

Prints by Brad Widness

Brad Widness’  prints have been included in over 40 group, solo, and juried exhibitions, including the esteemed 2010 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition.  Using a variety of media, including intaglio, screenprinting, and chine colle, he combines both the “interior landscape of imagination” and the “physical world in which we live.”