A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery
126 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Tuesday – Sunday: 12-5
Zea Mays Printmaking Biennial at A.P.E.
October 7 - November 2, 2014
Artists' Reception: October 10, 5-8 PM Arts Night Out
Image: Frank Ozereko
“Take something, do something to it, do something else to it.” – Jasper Johns
Jasper John’s mandate is to set a system in motion and to follow it through to a creative completion. As printmakers, the twenty artists in this exhibition all do that based on the nature of their practice. To make a print, one must follow a sequence of procedures. But these artists go beyond a systematic practice. They each take a methodological approach to exploring content as well as form.
“Systems” explores a wide range of topics: memory, grief, philosophy, geography, geology, astronomy, poetry, secret languages, religion, physiology, nature and process. These explorations take the form of prints on paper, collages, sculptures and artists’ books – all with some form of printmaking at their core.
B.Z. Reily and Julie Rivera collaborated on a mobile that began as a memory map while Pamela Crawford used printmaking to create a visual diary of grief. Sally Anne Clegg’s collage prints function as another kind of map of experiences, decisions, whims and objects. Anne Beresford uses micrography (writing that forms images when viewed from a distance) to explore the writings of philosophers who conceived of ideal social systems, while Annie Bissett creates a symbolic language for secret code words from the NSA in a series of woodblock prints. Joyce Silverstone envisions the abstract mark as a rhythmic line of poetry and layers them into complex monotypes. Magaret Jean Taylor’s composite print draws inspiration from literary and religious systems. Elena Betke-Brunswick uses multiple woodblocks to explore the lunar cycles while Meredith Broberg creates a series of personal star maps and new constellations. Judith Bowerman’s lithographs delve into the central nervous system of the human body and Carolyn Webb’s large-scale mixed-media woodcuts elucidate the natural systems within all living things. Several artists explore geographic and geological systems. Jennifer Gover looks at clarifier tanks in a sewage system as seen from the air in a series of color etchings. Tekla McInerney explores the archipelago in a book format and Nancy Haver has based her etchings on specific geographic coordinates. Rachel Chapman’s layered woodcuts, Louise Kohrman’s delicate paper sculptures, Frank Ozereko’s large monotype series and Richard Turnbull’s sequential monotypes all manifest deliberate systematic practices.
“Systems” is curated by Liz Chalfin, director of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA. All of the artists in the exhibition are members of this local, green printmaking studio.
Image: Nancy Haver