Print: Eighteen Printmakers
Print is a survey exhibition demonstrating the breadth and diversity of the printmaking represented in Imprint Gallery's collections. It features work by eighteen artists covering a wide range of printmaking techniques.
We are especially happy to be including the work of Liza Jones, who has impacted the Northwest printmaking with an indomitable spirit and encyclopedic knowledge of techniques. Another of the shows exhibitors, Jani Hoberg, cites Liza Jones as the reason she is a printmaker. Having taken a class with Liza, she quickly realized that she had found her home. As the curator of this show, I can also cite Liza Jones as one of the reasons why we have such a focus on printmaking. I had always collected and shown printmaking, but it was at a talk by Liza that I truly began to understand both the complexity and supportive nature of the printmaking community.
We are also taking this opportunity to introduce a new printmaker to our collections. Michèle Landsaat is a Northwest writer, illustrator and printmaker. The approach to her whimsical etchings mirrors her approach to storytelling. Both her narrative and imagery evolves through the transformative nature of the process. Along side the unpredictability of acid on copper in the creation of the plate from which the images is drawn, Michèle also adds color and tone through small pieces of chine collé. These patterned papers are screen printed by the artist to add tonal elements beyond that achieved through aquatint etching.
We have always had a soft spot for mixed media sculpture, and have represented the work of John Taylor, Morgan Brig, Rebecca Ruegger and Karen Croner for some time now. We are delighted to add to this line up in time for the Stormy Weather Arts Festival. Geoffrey Gorman has agreed to work with us in what we hope will be a lasting partnership.
Often we follow an artist for sometime before inviting them to show - sometime stalking them for a year or two - and this was the case with Geoffrey. His name had been mentioned to us by a collector very early on in establishing Imprint Gallery, so we are thrilled to now be showing his work in this exhibit of Mixed Media Sculpture.