Jerome Emerging Printmaker 2019 -2020 Exhibition

The Fight

My nine month residency at Highpoint Center For Printmaking as a Jerome Emerging Printmaker has come to an end, and from September 14th through October 10th my work Body Language will be on display in the Main Gallery with the other two selected Jeromes, Karmel Sabri and Benjamin Merritt. If you are in the Twin Cities area and want to see some fantastic work, come check out our show. We all worked very hard. Due to COVID-19 the viewing times during this exhibition’s run is by appointment only, between 10am and 4pm Monday through Friday. You can also view Body Language here.

International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2020 ROC

International Print Biennial 2020 ROC

Among other international printmakers, I am exhibiting at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts from July 4th – September 27th, 2020. My piece Dreamscan III (Janus Figure) was selected from 1220 artist entries.

Dreamscan III (Janus Figure)
Dreamscan III (Janus Figure) – Digital inkjet, screenprint, and chine-collé, 30×24″, 2018

” The International Biennial Print Exhibit: R.O.C., inaugurated in 1983, is the first biennial-style exhibition organized as an open competition in Taiwan and one of several international competition-com-biennials for printmaking boasting a long history. The biennial aims to bring together outstanding and creative print arts worldwide by establishing a platform for exchange through an open-call international competition and exhibition, thereby enriching diverse development in the print arts and fostering its growth. The event owes its success to enthusiastic response and support from international printmakers and has evolved into a celebrated occasion for international exchange in the print arts community.

Entries by 1220 artists from 80 countries were received at this edition. After two rounds of jury review, 164 submissions from 40 countries have been selected, including one Gold, Silver and Bronze Prize each, 2 Special Jury Prizes, 5 Merit Prizes and 5 Honorable Mentions. The 15 winning works entered by artists from countries including Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Poland, Serbia, Argentina and Columbia represent a broad spectrum of print arts with different cultural contexts. These spectacular winning and nominated works, varying widely in technique, theme and cultural context, will be on display at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts from July 4 to September 27 this year. In addition to interpreting a myriad of topics grounded on their personal experience and cultural background, these artists also strive to proactively address social phenomena and their surrounding environments, be it through introspection and concern about natural, ecological or social circumstances, expression and exploration of personal spiritual realms, or contemplation and questioning of spatiotemporal or intrinsic issues. Their reflection and articulation fusing figurative lexicons have contributed to the breadth and depth of this exhibition. In particular, the memories and mental images imprinted by these artists during the year 2020 of global COVID-19 pandemic shall prove especially profound and meaningful. “

Stones From Other Mountains: 2020 International Outstanding Printmaking Artists’ Works Exhibition

Stones From Other Mountains

This is a late update but important, nonetheless. I can’t emphasize enough how much of an honor it is to have been included in this exhibition. In a statement made by the China Printmaking Museum Director of Office of International Exchange and Collection Zhao Jiachun, he states that

“[…] invitations are mainly sent to three types of artists: 1. Famous contemporary foreign printmakers, leading figures of certain printmaking schools and representative artists of printmaking institutions. 2. International jury members of previous Guanlan International Print Biennials. 3. International artists who have won major international printmaking awards.”

I feel so lucky to be considered one of these three descriptions, and to have exhibited at the China Printmaking Museum among so many giants.

Jerome Emerging Printmaker 2019-20

2019-2020 Jerome Group Photo
Me, Benjamin Merritt, and Karmel Sabri photo by Josh Bindewald

Excited to share I’ve been selected as a Jerome Emerging Artist in Residence at Highpoint Center For Printmaking for 2019 – 2020! I will be getting free membership for 9 months, a stipend, professional development assistance and an exhibition with my co-fellows Benjamin Merritt and Karmel Sabri. Thank you to Highpoint Center For Printmaking and to the Jerome Foundation.

Thrilled!

Syzygy: A Union of Opposites

My solo exhibition Syzygy: A Union of Opposites is now open for viewing in the Threshold Gallery at Highpoint Center For Printmaking and runs until September 29th! Please join me at the reception on Friday, July 19th from 6:30-9pm. For one night only, the work will receive a 20% discount. There will be food and drink, and also coincide with the opening reception of Hot Off The Press: The 35th Cooperative Exhibition. I always see openings as a chance to engage with the viewer directly and get into some interesting discussions, so it should be a good time.

My current work is propelled by my ongoing interest in psychoanalysis and the figure, while experimenting with methods that are new to me. Syzygy (si-zuh-jee) showcases my work focusing on the union of opposing forces and ideas in the context of theories surrounding identity. Specifically, my visual research focuses on spaces that exist within the psyche and the unconscious, while using the body, mark-making and environment as a visualization of those spaces.

This exhibition was a lot of work (it always is…) but there are almost 20 pieces, all created from October 2018 to June 2019: monotypes, screenprints, and digital inkjet-screenprint hybrids. It all started with a residency/visiting artist gig at MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) I received last October, part of their Monothon 2018 event (thanks again guys!). It was so incredible for many reasons but it was also when I began to experiment with toner wash drawings used as positives for screenprinting.

Toner drawing for Coexist
Toner drawing on mylar for Coexist

Toner is commonly used in laserjet printing both commercially and at the home office. In printmaking, toner is often used in paper lithography (Xerox lithography) and in toner transfers. As a drawing medium for positives, it is primarily used in traditional lithography and photolithography but can also be used in other printmaking techniques such as intaglio. I am not the first to experiment with toner in screenprinting, however I have not seen it commonly used in this way before, so it has been a pleasure to learn, analyze and play with the technique.

4 layer test screenprint
4-layer screenprint test

Residency at the Grand Marais Art Colony

I recently got some exciting news and found out I was selected as an Artist In Residence for 2020 at the Grand Marais Art Colony! I will be going in early March for a two week residency and present an artist talk. This feels especially good because it is my first artist residency where my proposal was accepted (vs being invited without a jury).

My proposal involved something very personal, so early March is perfect for my residency, as there will not be many others around this time of year. In terms of technique I plan to push myself in developing my monotype skills further and to create an artist book.

 

Glass Box

Another new print for this new series! This print came from a very exploratory process. Working with 10 sheets, the process split a couple times and I tried different colors, layers, and combinations. Ultimately it became a varied edition with two versions and a monoprint! I plan to make another post about this decision process and what a varied/variable edition is later but wanted to share the print I was most happy with.

This screen print consists of 7 – 9 layers varying in opacity and includes a varnish layer. Unfortunately it is hard to capture the reflective quality on the surface from a straight-on  photo.

Glass Box EV
Glass Box EV – screen print, 15×21″, 2019 – © grace sippy 2019

Coexist

FINALLY able to share a new print I’ve been working on since November ’18, titled Coexist. This has been a good exercise in thought process and testing and am happy to say Coexist is the first for a new series. I typically work in series but wanted to challenge myself to make each print related to one another in the series but also being more distinct from one another. This typically happens because I usually set out to learn a new printmaking method and then create a series from that, resulting in a grouping of visual languages that are used in each piece. I also said “no traditional chine-collé, and use color in a way I haven’t used it before”. Anyway, this print also continues my interest in practicing toner drawings in screen printing and is combined with digital inkjet. Below the finished print are process photos–stay tuned for more of the series to come.

Coexist

Coexist is a presentation of two worlds/realities existing within the same space simultaneously.

 

 

Process Photos:

Toner drawing for Coexist
Toner drawing for Coexist

4 layer test screenprint
4-layer screenprint test

Toner drawing figures
Toner drawings for series

toner drawing figures
More toner drawings

color testing
Color testing for Coexist

registration
Screenprint registration

Coexist first layers
First couple layers for Coexist

Fractured Beings: An Internal and Collective Look At Humankind

Please join Agata Derda and I for our opening of Fractured Beings: An Internal and Collective Look At Humankind at the Cedar Ridge Creative Center in Toronto, ON — Sunday January 6th, from 1-4pm. The exhibition comprises of a variety of printmaking techniques, digital inkjet, relief, photopolymer intaglio and screenprint. We will both be in attendance.  We welcome questions and discussion, and most works are for sale. The exhibition runs from January 3rd to January 10th, so mark your calendars and be sure to stop by!

Agata Derda and Grace Sippy promo