May 3, 2012

Graduate Intaglio Exhibition in the Alcove Gallery

By: Carolyn Osorio , Theory, Criticism and History of Art Undergraduate Student (2013)

Ruth Mora
The works of the Printmaking Graduate students currently on display in the Alcove Gallery are a combination of textures, emotions, and style. Each artist brings a very different perspective to the medium, and to see these different perspectives displayed in one place is engaging. Despite the different subject matter, there is a natural aesthetic to each work on display. Even the most geometricizing works contain the worn signs of fading for a truly organic quality. Too intentional are these untidy elements to be considered printmaking flaws, and the effect is simply charming.

Lynn Sung hae Baik
 The anatomy oriented work of Nelson Plaza strives to find deeper meaning within the human brain. The different elements used to show the inner workings of the mind combine to create a fascinating composition filled with both metaphors and scientific examination.  Contrasting with the bright red and attention seeking nature of Plaza’s work are the simple and natural prints of Lynn Sung hae Baik. The most powerful of this artists two works is a mostly black non-representational print. The lack of color allows for a purely tactile aesthetic to be emitted. Using textural paper with only the most neutral of colors, Lynn’s work contains a quiet and calm atmosphere that is filled with beauty.
From tigers in headbands to geometric prints to an analysis of the human mind, the subjects chosen by these artists are vast and captivating.  Combined with the intriguing technique of printmaking these artists bring their subjects to life in a show that is praiseworthy and stimulating.

Exhibition Photos by Lauren Smith

This exhibition is part of the Student Exhibition Spaces Program coordinated by the Center for Career and Professional Development at Pratt Institute.  All current students can submit work for inclusion in future exhibitions by emailing for more information.

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