International Print Show on display at the LUX Center for the Arts and Constellation Studios
6.05.20 5pm- 8pm
LUX West Gallery and Constellation Studios
June 5 2020 to August 28 2020
Surface Impressions intends to connect artists and audiences to the 21st-century language of relief printmaking as a viable engagement for today.
There is a distinctive graphic nature to prints made from carved surfaces as the energy of carving gouges and burins is readily apparent. This action is transformed by pressure and ink onto paper which reveals light "opened up" from the solid surface. Artists are endlessly inventive with how the surface is changed as well as with their innovations for printing from blocks, from essential black and white, to multiple layers of color and carving stages, to how the printing happens with presses or by hand. Relief prints use available materials for protest and actions, exists on a large scale for impact, capture impressions of wood growth, and show intimate carved details on the end-grain of wood.
This inaugural biennial of relief prints here in the center of America showcases artists from around the country and abroad, all selected from an open call for entries. The works on exhibition focus on the role of the relief print as a means of cultural critique and exploration, of this ancient process but newly invigorated discipline as it is practiced and defined by today's artists.
Kyeong Ah Min