“INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices” a juried regional printmaking exhibition will run at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown from February 11 through March 11.
For the exhibition BlackRock invited artists who live, work or attend school in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia to present works created during the past three years. A wide range of print media were submitted that demonstrate how artists are using techniques, combining multiple processes and often working large in scale.
The 52 works selected by juror Helen Frederick for the “INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices” exhibition include engravings, lithographs, woodcuts, mixed media monotypes, collagraphs, archival inkjet prints, photogravure, etching, aquatint, chine collé, screenprints, cyanotype, and solarplate processes.
The “exhibit will feature 52 works created by the following artists: Katherine Akey, Cynthia Back, Leda Black, Allison Semele Blair, Lee Bowen, Nikki Brugnoli, Danqi Cai, Danielle Cartier, Donald Depuydt, Nina Chung Dwyer, Zach Fitchner, Kate Fleming, Jenny Freestone, Stephanie George, Susan Goldman, M. Alexander Gray, Tom Greaves, Mia Halton, Jessi Hardesty, Winston Harris, Robert S. Hunter, Pauline Jakobsberg, Acadia Kandora, Rebecca Katz, Nilou Kazemzadeh, Barbara Kerne, Cookie Kerxton, Brian Kreydatus, Rachel Lebo, Harriet Lesser, Tiffany Lin, June Linowitz, Joseph Lupo, Matthew McLaughlin, Nancy McNamara, Carol Moore, Susan Due Pearcy, Iris Posner, Carol Reed, Randi Reiss-McCormack, Justin Rubich, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Rhonda Smith, Todd Stong, Janis Sweeney, Caroline M. Thorington, Patricia Underwood, Priya Vadhyar, Adrienne Waterston, Ellen Verdon Winkler, Max-Karl Winkler, and Clare Winslow.
Juror Helen Frederick, who is an internationally known artist with a wealth of experience in the contemporary print world, carefully reviewed the images and information submitted by each artist and noted, “It was a joy to discover artists in many points of their careers submitting works with the inclusion of passionate statements regarding their thematic concepts.”
Frederick went on to say, “The themes feature personal and gender identity, environmental and cultural influences, the figure – revealed, damaged, abstracted and glorified, myths and dreams, memorials, cultural artifacts and boundaries, faded memories, humor, and metaphors, constructed and deconstructed compositions and landscapes of inner life, and repetitive patterns in nature.”
With her experience in printmaking, papermaking, and the book arts and in her work as the founder and former executive director of Pyramid Atlantic, Frederick brought a wealth of knowledge to the jurying process. She commented on the wide range of techniques and processes stating, “… the artists pressed, pulled, tore, collaged and layered their materials for an exploratory and declarative visual continuum in the contemporary print world.”
The long-time professor of printmaking at George Mason University, Frederick was impressed by several entries submitted by students which are included in the exhibition, saying, “Graduate and undergraduate students from art schools and universities kept up with regional and nationally recognized veterans in the field, and that speaks well of the energy in the printmaking departments in the five states.”
BlackRock Center for the Arts will present “INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices” from Saturday, Feb. 11 through Saturday, March 11in the Kay Gallery. The Center will host a Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm where artists will be on hand to answer questions. Awards will also be presented during the reception, including the top prize of a solo exhibition in the Terrace Gallery at BlackRock in 2018. The reception is free and open to the public.
Top: Danielle Cartier’s “Separate.”
Next: Acadia Kanodora’s “Configuring the Colony.”
Next: Cynthia Back’s “In Norwegian Woods.”
Next: A detailed view of Clare Winslow’s “Nested.”
Next: Carl Reed’s “Involuntary Relocation.”
All of these works will be available for viewing at BlackRock’s Kay Gallery beginning Feb. 11 and running through March 11, as part of “INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices” – a juried exhibition.
Artwork provided by BlackRock Center for the Arts.