Adobe Gallery hosts California printmakers
By Julie Grabowski
Printmakers share their talents and vision in a new exhibit at Castro Valley’s Adobe Art Gallery beginning Thursday, May 20. “Printing from Perception: Observing Minute Details and Grand Gestures” features work from 63 members of the California Society of Printmakers (CSP) exploring various subjects and techniques using traditional materials.
“Printmaking as an art medium focuses both on extremely old and extremely new methods of producing the end image, a work usually, although not always, printed on paper, small enough to be both intimate and bold at the same time,” says CSP representative and exhibiting artist Lila Wahrhaftig. “It has always been one of the most accessible of all the fine art mediums, both in size and in price compared to painting and sculpture. Each hand done print, whether a monotype or one of an edition, small or large, detailed or sweeping, is an original work of art showing the vision of a particular artist.”
Regina Stadnik delivers a contemporary image of motorcycle and sidecar composed from traditional woodblock prints titled “Ready to Leave,” while Gustavo Mora Perez’s “Untitled” incorporates woodcut, linocut, and photocopy techniques. Susan Trubow uses serigraph (silkscreen print) in her seascape “Evening,” and Kim Vanderheiden employs letterpress (hand-set type), solar etching, and linocut to create “Dissonance of Friends and Neighbors.” Maryly Snow’s “Species” is a concerned composition about the degradation of animals using monotype, a unique printed image that is repeatable.
“The work of our members may incorporate the traditional methods, i.e. woodblock or woodcuts, linocuts, all intagio techniques (etching, engraving, aquatint, etc. all done of a raised plate), colographs (works done on a built-up plate), serigraphs, lithographs, stencils, and letterpress,” says Wahrhaftig. “These may be combined with photo techniques, digital work, hand coloring and drawing, transfer prints, embroidery, collage, and anything else a printmaker artist may find useful, beautiful, and archival.” Some members also create handmade artists’ books, which is a related art form.
CSP is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art of fine printmaking, and preserving its integrity and identity by offering support and professional development for artists, and education for the public. Founded in 1912 as the California Society of Etchers, the group merged with Bay Area Printmakers in 1968 to form the California Society of Printmakers. It has approximately 300 local and international members, and is the oldest continuously operating printmaking society in the country.
“I’m really impressed with the fine amount of detail and what they can convey,” says Adobe Art Gallery Director Susan Honda Eady. Excited about the CSP exhibit and Adobe’s other upcoming shows, Eady believes “art is for everybody,” and simply wants to “bring in art that inspires.”
“Printing from Perception” is sure to accomplish just that, with individual perceptions and varying techniques making unique and personal pieces that combine to form an interesting and moving exhibit.