Emerging Aesthetics: Aesthetical Issues in Southwestern Printmaking
May 21st - June 8th, 2012
Opening reception: May 25th 4 PM - 7 PM
Artist Presentations: May 25th 5 PM - 6 PM
Print Sale and Exchange: May 25th 11 AM - 5 PM
University of New Mexico
John Sommers Gallery
New Fine Arts Building #84
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-000
Pete Yahnke Railand
Summer Grace Ventis
Printmaking has often been considered a creator of culture; a medium that has played a pivotal role in the maturity of civilizations. Calling it the most important invention since writing itself, William Ivins insists, “without prints we should have very few of our modern sciences, technologies, archaeologies, or ethnologies – for all of these are dependent, first or last, upon information conveyed by exactly repeatable visual or pictorial statements.” It would be apt to say that if language and script have been the vehicles of thought, print has been their locomotive vector.
Printmaking has played a special role in the Southwestern United States, which has virtually been a capital for printmaking. There are a number of artists, institutions, print workshops, and galleries focused on the development, exploration, teaching, and promotion of printmaking in the area. The exhibition, Emerging Aesthetics: Aesthetical Issues in Southwestern Printmaking, brings together works by graduate students in print media from various universities throughout the Southwest, including the University of Arizona; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
The exhibition attempts to address the emerging aesthetics in contemporary printmaking that challenge traditional notions of the function, process, and material of the “print.”
This is a first attempt to forge a connection between artists and printmakers from the Southwest, in order to initiate a dialogue between its various nationally reputed printmaking programs. A few select participating artists will also be giving presentations about their work in conjunction with the opening reception.
The exhibition is organized by the Print Club of the University of New Mexico and co-sponsored by the Printmaking area in the Department of Art & Art History, University of New Mexico.