Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Survey: Contemporary Printmaking and Book Art

A Survey: Contemporary Printmaking and Book Art

 curated by Fahimeh Vahdat

'Illusions of space' in printmaking exhibit at HCC gallery

"Buzz" by Julie Shapiro is part of the group exhibit "Printmaking Invitational" at Howard Community College.
By Mike Giuliano For the Columbia Flier

"One of the creative advantages of working within the print medium is that artists can work variations into a s

The group exhibit "Printmaking Invitational" at Howard Community College makes it clear that there is more than one way to make a print. Moreover, the printmaking process also gets deployed in artist-made books that express the distinctive sensibilities of the artists who make them."

"Variation of a somewhat different sort is practiced by Julie Shapiro, whose six prints feature dense clusters of straight and slightly arced lines whose bright coloration definitely captures your attention. 
Shapiro also makes occasional use of cut-out paper forms applied to an otherwise flat paper surface, resulting in one print whose green-on-green appearance literally achieves a bit of environmental depth.

 If the above-mentioned artists create with an essentially abstract vocabulary, other artists explore the interplay of abstraction and figuration."
"Printmaking Invitational" runs through Sept. 20 in the Rouse Company Foundation Gallery at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Running concurrently in HCC's Art Department Gallery is "The Earliest Americans," which showcases American Indian stone tools and accompanying text panels describing the technologies involved in their creation. Go to www.howardcc.edu.

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