Image: detail, Kaitlyn Havers, Window series 5, 2017

Foyer Gallery Exhibitions

Pretty in Print

Exhibition dates: 11 Dec 2017 - 16 Feb 2018
Where: Carclew Foyer Gallery
Curator: Olivia Kubiak
Artists: Ellie Weckert, Isabella Bianchini-Wood and Kaitlyn Havers

Curator’s statement

I have always had a fascination with printmaking. This interest was sparked by artists like Albrecht Durer, Katsushika Hokusai, Andy Warhol, and Francisco Goya. Throughout the centuries, artists from all over the world have used this medium to create some of the most captivating and thoughtful works of art.

Nonetheless, basic printmaking techniques remain a mystery to most and yet the variety of techniques that exist and the different effects they produce make this approach to art making even more intriguing.

The oldest form of printmaking is the woodcut, made popular in Japan in the 17th and 18th century. The linocut print was also popular and used by Pablo Picasso, while French art nouveau artist Toulouse-Lautrec often used lithography. Each technique produces different outcomes, inherent with their own aesthetic appeal. Recent evolutions in the medium include stencilling and screen-printing, which artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey have made popular.

My earliest education and passion for printmaking focuses on the Northern Renaissance, particularly the work of Albrecht Durer. In the 1400s and 1500s, woodcuts became popular because, unlike painting and drawing, they could be affordably mass-produced. Even though the process was highly labour intensive, artists saw the value in its reproducibility, its ability to generate income and be easily transported and exchanged. Albrecht Durer would also use his prints as a means to advertise himself, and his work, to patrons and institutions around Europe.

In 2017, printmaking is more versatile and multi-faceted. Contemporary artists are approaching the medium in different ways, and often create prints using various methods.

The five emerging artists exhibiting in Pretty in Print each has her own take on print-making, from etching, to woodcut, to linocut, to screen-printing, and the list goes on.

This exhibition will showcase the beautiful diversity and integrity of the print-making medium, and highlight ideas and issues important to each artist through their practice.

Works offered for sale and can be purchased at Carclew's reception desk.

Pretty in Print : EXHIBITION OPENING

When: Thursday 14 December, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Where: Carclew, 11 Jeffcott Street, Kaurna Country, North Adelaide

Light refreshments care of Alpha Box & Dice

Exhibition continues until 16 February 2018, open Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm
(NOTE Xmas closure Fri 22 Dec - Tues 2 Jan)

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Image: detail, Kaitlyn Havers, Window series 5, 2017

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Contact Details

Rhen Soggee
jsoggee@carclew.org.au
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Key Dates

  • Dec 11
    Feb 16
    Pretty in Print

    Venue

    Carclew, 11 Jeffcott St, Kaurna Country, North Adelaide

    Description

    This exhibition will showcase the beautiful diversity and integrity of the print-making medium, and highlight ideas and issues important to each artist through their practice.