May 5, 5:30-7:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2-4pm
Catherine Kernan’s imagery is rooted in nature. Combining printmaking and painting through the means of abstraction, she develops a visual code that balances rhythm and texture, a sense of order and chaos, or as Kernan puts it, embodies “the control and serendipity of life itself.”
AfterImages: New Woodcut Monoprints
A series of woodcut monoprints about memory reconstruction and visual perception, these works are large in scale and rich with complex overlays. Working at the interface between printmaking and painting, Kernan uses woodblocks in unorthodox ways to build images layer by layer in a painterly process of controlled accident.
Process and Purpose
"Process and Purpose" is an exhibition that represents the evolution of an art form. The primary goal is to highlight terrific prints made by a group of significant artists that extend the range of what printmaking is and will be.
Each participating artist contributes fresh energy – changing the scope of printmaking by confronting certain subjects or procedures. Artists invent new techniques and methods to express something that couldn't have been done otherwise.
reThink INK: 25 Years at Mixit Print Studio
Boston Public Library
Karen Shafts, Curator
April 11 – July 31, 2012
For twenty-five years Mixit Print Studio has served as one of Boston's premier intellectual and artistic printmaking communities. Although we each explore our unique ideas, we interact and collaborate in countless ways. Because we share space, presses, and equipment, we encounter ways of generating, and executing ideas that would not happen in our own studios. Cross-fertilization is the hallmark of a collaborative print studio such as ours. Artists come to find aesthetic nourishment, technical exchange, critical feedback and the resources to realize their art projects. They leave with the indelible experience of having worked in a cooperative studio.
Mixit Print Studio was established in 1987 as a direct outgrowth of Artist's Proof Studio, a four-partner printmaking cooperative in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1980-84). The original partners, Jane Goldman and Catherine Kernan, were joined in 2010 by third partner Randy Garber.
reThink INK is an unprecedented showing of large scale and dimensional printmaking, as well as work from Boston area artist printmakers using a wide range of techniques and concepts.
Works on Paper
The Boston-Joburg Connection: Transformation and Exchange at Artist Proof Studio Johannesburg, 1995-2010
Tufts University Art Gallery
Pam Allara, Curator
May 31 – July 29, 2012
This exhibition charts the transformation of South African society over the past 25 years from Apartheid to democracy through the collaborative printmaking of the Artists' Proof Studio, Johannesburg, and its Boston colleagues from Tufts/ the Museum School and Mixit Studio.
The influence of the artists of Artist Proof Studio on the Boston-based workshop leaders is less immediate but nonetheless significant: the expansion of their own knowledge and understanding of life experiences very different from their own. When they returned to teaching in the US, they absorbed and practiced the concept of ubuntu.
The artists from APS who came to teach workshops at the Boston Arts Academy have returned the gift of sharing knowledge to Boston.
Coming of Age Exhibition: 21 years of APS @JAG
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Kim Berman, Curator
April – June 2012
Artist Proof Studio was founded as a community-based printmaking studio in 1991 by Kim Berman and the late Nhlanhla Xaba. Over the past twenty years, Artist Proof Studio has trained two generations of artists who would have had otherwise little access to professional education in printmaking, many of whom have been recognized as among South Africa's most important young talents.
From the beginning, APS was dedicated to more than skills training and personal artistic development. Its educational programs have been designed to produce citizens who were socially aware and could serve as catalysts for change. Collaboration and community engagement have been central to its mission of providing: 'An environment to develop people with a common set of values, expressed in the notion of ubuntu, who have talent and passion to achieve artistic excellence" (APS Mission statement).
The Exhibition at JAG will highlight the range of student and international projects, curated exhibitions of APS artists over the years, exchange portfolios, public advocacy programmes and professional artistic collaborations in the Main JAG galleries. The downstairs space will spotlight new work from approximately 20 APS staff members whose contributions establish the building blocks and inspiration for the next generation of South African printmakers.
The JAG and APS will publish a significant catalogue documenting and celebrating the vibrant and energetic journey of printmaking in Johannesburg from the heady days of envisioning the colours and textures of building a new South African democracy to celebrating the success of the careers of artists such as Nhlanhla Xaba, Paul Molete, Samson Mnisi, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Nicholas Hlobo, Phillemon Hlungwane, Nelson Makamo, and many other young artists who are realising their dreams of achieving 'self-actualisation'.
American Impressions: Contemporary Printmaking
"American Impressions: Contemporary Printmaking" is an exhibition arranged and curated by Rosemary Cooley to bring some examples of contemporary American printmaking to Mainland China.