The Sanford Gallery

Prints on Alternative Surfaces

Anita S. Hunt, intaglio on birch bark, 2011

Anita S. Hunt, intaglio on birch bark, 2011

July 14, 2011 – August 22, 2011

The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking presents a very special exhibition: Prints on Alternative Surfaces. This exhibition challenges the idea of a print on paper, showcasing works made on non-traditional surfaces by Ali Osborn, Lilliana Pereira, Carolyn Webb, Maya Malachowski Bajak, Anita S. Hunt, Tekla McInerney, Stan Sherer and Wendy Ketchum. The exhibition features works in etching, relief, photopolymer and monotype on unique surfaces such as birch bark, clay-board, aluminum and cotton fabric.

In order to challenge and transcend the conventions of contemporary printmaking, this exhibition showcases experiments on non-traditional surfaces. Curated by Leslie Ferrin, (Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA) this show features works in etching, relief, photopolymer and monotype on unique surfaces such as birch bark, clay-board, aluminum and cotton fabric.

Some of the work uses sculptural elements; two-dimensional prints rise up on bumpy and rough surfaces. Other work is printed on flat surfaces such as cotton and aluminum. These alternative surfaces add complexity and expand the meaning of the original image. The printed images interact with the new surfaces and make combinations that are playful, serendipitous and compelling.

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