Healdsburg Center for the Arts is delighted to announce POP! The Power of Printmaking, a juried exhibition that explores the unique ability of printmakers to express concerns about the world around them and share thoughts, ideas and visions thru printmaking.
Exhibition Dates: May 20 thru July 16, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 5:00 to 7:00 PM Opening Reception
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 2:00 to 4:00 PM Closing Tea
Saturday, July 15, 12:00 – 5:00 PM* The Rhinoceros Project
THE RHINOCEROS PROJECT
The Rhinoceros Project is the collaborative brainchild of artists Anne Beck and Michelle Wilson. This project is a response to the 1515 woodblock of the same name by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer. Beck and Wilson have spent over a year in planning, developing and experimentation in order to bring The Rhinoceros Project to life.
Earlier this year, they launched their project at the San Francisco Center for the Book’s annual Roadworks event, inviting the public to participate in an ongoing sewing circles to re-create Durer’s Rhinoceros as a life-size work of embroidery. During their sewing circles, the artists will host rhinoceros-related group discussions on extinction, poaching, ecological value, and how a community coming together can affect change. Since their time at Roadworks, the Rhinoceros Project has traveled to spaces such as Ramon’s Tailor, the Kala Art Institute, Sierra Nevada College, and soon, the Healdsburg Center for the Arts.
In 2011, the Western Black Rhinoceros was declared extinct, and as of 2016, the Northern White Rhinoceros is down to only three remaining animals. When Albrecht Durer made his woodblock, he based it on a descriptive account, never having seen a rhinoceros himself. The embroidery created during this residency and other following sites will culminate as a watermark for pouring a mammoth sheet of handmade paper. Watermarks are a handmade paper technique in which paper fibers are thinner in certain areas than other parts of the paper; so that when the paper is backlit, an image appears in the thinner parts of the paper. A watermark creates haunting imagery, literally produced by the absence of fiber. This watermark will be a metaphor for this species’ disappearance, and evocative of the artwork’s history as printed matter – a work of paper where the print itself has vanished, leaving a ghostly image behind.
J. Ruth Gendler
Several Artists using Iota Printshop
Carrie Ann Plank
Luz Marina Ruiz
MICHELLE WILSON is a printmaker, papermaking, book, installation, and social practice artist. She is also one-half of the ongoing collaborative, political art team BOOK BOMBS. She has exhibited her work both internationally and in the United States, including participation in biennials such as Philadelphia’s Philagrafika 2010 and the 2006 Second International Biennial for the Artist’s Book in Alexandria, Egypt. She a recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and grants, including an Artist-Investigator Award, a Puffin Grant, and the Lenore Adelman Award for Book Arts. In 2015, Creative Capital designated her an ‘On Our Radar’ artist. Wilson currently teaches printmaking at San Jose State University and Stanford University.
LUZ MARINA RUIZ works in printmaking, book arts, drawing, painting and installation. Her work is inspired by the world of dreams and nature. Luz Marina was born in Cali, Colombia and immigrated at an early age to New York. She studied printmaking, painting and drawing at the University of California at Berkeley, where she received a BA, MA, and MFA. She taught design, drawing, painting and printmaking at: Mills College, Art Academy University, Diablo Valley College, and City College San Francisco. She designed and implemented a printmaking program at Diablo Valley College. Currently, she teaches in the first year program at CCA and serves as the president of the California Society of Printmaking.
C.K.ITAMURA is an autodidactic interdisciplinary artist, designer and producer. Her work blurs the lines between mediums as she combines printmaking, photography, book arts and mixed media, with social commentary and personal idealism, to create participatory work and conceptual installations. She is an artist member of The Center for the Book Arts, a director at San Francisco Center for the Book, and a board member and exhibition chairperson for Healdsburg Center for the Arts.
POP! The Power of Printmaking is sponsored by Peach Farm Studio.