GLIMPSE Printmaking Exhibition, with Debra Pearlman
ROCK SPRINGS — The Western Wyoming Community College Art Gallery will present Glimpse, the varied work of two printmakers, April Vollmer and Debra Pearlman, March 8 through April 25.
Friday, March 8, 2013 through Thursday, April 25, 2013
Western Wyoming Community College Art Gallery
2500 College Drive
Rock Springs, Wyoming
Hosted by: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and Peck School of the Arts (PSOA)
Material Muse: Japanese paper inspiring print
organized by Sigrid Blohm, the Japanese Paper Place
The twelve artists included in this portfolio each work differently, but all have decided to use Japanese paper because its unique characteristics enhance their own prints in some way. In choosing to print on washi – paper made by many caring hands – each artist’s work becomes a merging of creative processes, those of printmaker and papermaker, and the results are richer for it.
Elizabeth D’Agostino, Brian Curling, Catherine Farish, Karen Kunc, Kristen Martincic, Emma Nishimura, Deb Oden, Loree Ovens, Liz Parkinson, Julia Prime, April Vollmer, Erik Waterkotte
Grabado y Ediciónis a bi-lingual Spanish/English review of new ideas in printmaking. This month’s edition includes my article on the history of mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printing. It begins with an historical overview of the use of the technique from ukioyo-e prints of the 18th Century through the sosaku individualist printmakers of the early 20th Century and ends with a discussion of the wide range of international contemporary artists who recognize the technique for its flexibility. It is illustrated with woodblock prints by Katie Baldwin, Mike Lyon, Michael Schneider, and myself.
My article, Mokuhanga International, has been published in Art in Print. The article is a review of the current state of mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock technique, in contemporary art outside Japan. It includes a brief overview of the history starting with the famous Edo period ukiy0-e prints, through the eclipse of the technique during the 20th century, and then the current renewal of interest in the technique for creative artists.
This print shows the moths with eyes that I found at the monastery on my last visit.
The International Art Assembly in Visegrad, Republika Srpska, is distinctive for including a group of international printmakers. The residency, held each August, is one of main cultural events for the Visegrad region. A group of established printmakers from around the world are invited for this program to work in a variety of techniques and to demonstrate their approaches to one another and the general public. This printmaking workshop has become a wide-reaching opportunity to exchange ideas and to has grown into a significant contribution to the artistic, cultural and educational stimulation of the region, as it popularizes media and ideas that are new to this part of the world. Local television stations and newspapers record the process through film and interviews that are intended to heighten public awareness. The efforts of the printmakers are deeply appreciated by the people of the region.
In addition to the workshop events, an exhibition of works made during the Assembly is presented in October in the City Gallery, Visegrad, along with a full-color catalogue of participants, their work, and a critical essay. Additional efforts have included traveling exhibitions in galleries in towns throughout Republika Serbska and Serbia and Montenegro.
I am grateful to the organizers for their invitation to Repubika Serpska, Bosnia, which faces such difficult environmental, political and religious issues after the ethnic wars of the 1990s. It was a thought provoking visit, made significant for me by the strong connections I made with my fellow printmakers.
Japan Print Association
Prints Tokyo 2012
International Print Exhibition Tokyo 2012
Cupola digital and woodblock print on washi
80th Anniversary Exhibition
at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
nominated by Yoshie Uchida
October 15 to 19, 2012
This class is an introduction to traditional Japanese woodblock printing. Each person will cut and print an edition of color prints to learn about this non-toxic technique. Mokuhanga provides precise registration and great control over color and a connection to an important chapter in the history of printmaking. We will cut blocks during the first half of class and print during the second half. Each class will begin with a discussion of a different aspect of Japanese woodblock.
April Vollmer is an artist and printmaker living in New York City who primarily works in mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock, but also makes drawings, collages and books. She teaches mokuhanga regularly at the Lower East Side Printshop, and has also given workshops at the Japan Society, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Pyramid Atlantic, Frogman’s Print and Paper, the Women’s Studio Workshop and many other locations.
2012 Spring Series: Special Workshops
Poetic Pastimes: Japan and the Art of Leisure Exhibition inspired programs
Mokuhanga, Japanese Water Base Woodcut with April Vollmer all levels
Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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