TECHNOLOGY AND TOUCH
PRINTMAKING FROM SAN FRANCISCO AND REYKJAVIK
The authenticity of art resides in human expression, in our ability to use tools to further our ideas. The hand refers to the individual. It is our personal mark, our connection with our humanity, our relationship with nature. Technology is innovation: bight, shiny and complex.
Since the advent of the printing press, printmaking has reflected the relationship between technology and the hand. A mark is made, and employing technology, that mark is transformed and transferred to another surface. That relationship is always there, from the Gutenberg Bible to today's laser cutters and photopolymer plates. The best printmakers seek the right balance of handwork and technology.
Both Reykjavik and the San Francisco Bay Area function as technological gains, yet in both places is it possible to feel the power of the wild. A five-minutedrive from Reykjavik yields a primordial landscape of hot springs and lava. From the Golden Gate Bridge the power of the Pacific Ocean is unfurled in an unbroken vista all the way to Japan.
Does the proximity to such dramatic landscape affect an artist's use of technology?
Does technology offer artists new tools to express their connection the the natural world?
Every printmaker must strike a balance between technology and touch. This exhibition explores that balance.
MID EXHIBIT EVENTS
April 6, 5pm to 11pm
Join the party and help us celebrate the new exhibition! First Friday draws a crowd and delivers on fun. Bring the family and enjoy the amazing artwork, festivities, culture, and food.
PREVIEW THURSDAY AND OPENING RECEPTION
April 5, 5:30pm to 7pm (Reception) and 9pm (Preview Thursday)
Experience the current exhibition in a casual manner. You'll be able to meet the artists, view their work, and learn about the pieces being featured.
Saturday April 7, starting at 2pm
Join artists Monica Ferrar Miller, Michelle Murillo, Carrie Ann Plank, Robynn Smith in discussing the role of technology and the human hand in their studio practice.
Robynn Smith is a printmaker/painter, the founder of International Print Day in May and runs Blue Mouse Studios in Aptos, California. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from San Jose State University. Her work is included in many notable collections, and she travels extensively for residencies, exhibitions and teaching opportunities. Robynn runs the Art Studio program at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California.
Carrie Ann Plank is an artist working in printmaking and mixed media. Plank’s work is included in collections including Fine Art Archives of the Library of Congress, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Guanlan Print Art Museum in China, and the Iraq National Library in Baghdad. She is represented by DZINE Gallery, ArtHaus, and the SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery
Michelle Murillo is an Oakland based artist. Michelle seeks to expand the vocabulary of print and the multiple in an interdisciplinary context. Her work is represented by Bullseye Projects and can be broadly understood as a practice of archiving: the lost, found, re-membered and collected. Murillo's teaching and professional practice is centered around global contemporary printmaking, dialogue, and cultural exchange.