By: Carolyn Osorio , Theory, Criticism and History of Art Undergraduate Student (2013)
photos by Patrick Rowe, 2012
The Big Damn Printing Blocks show currently on display in the fishbowl gallery is an amazing feat of both talent and patience. The handwork present in these relief printing blocks shows the dedication of each artist while the inventive scenes and patterns show their creativity. The straightforward elements given to each artist are transformed within each work to create a smorgasbord of amazing ideas that look nothing like each other despite the same size and medium.
|Left: Sara Shebaro, 2012 Right Jamie Gustavs, 2012, MDF Board with relief engraving|
The fascinating textural quality of several of the works show an intense interest on repetition of shapes and forms weaving to create the appearance of a textile rather than a print. Other artists display their imagination through fantastical scenes of flight and feeling. These mysteriously abstract compositions leave the viewer with an intense curiosity to know more about this world the artist has created. At the heart of this exhibition is the sheer size of each work (hence the aptly named title of the show). The ability of the viewer to look at these pieces at eye-level makes them almost overwhelming. It’s easy to get consumed by the realms these artists create so thoroughly.
These blocks were used this past spring in the Big Damn Prints Event and were steamrolled onto cloth to create textiles. By displaying these blocks at the objects of art themselves, we as artists can appreciate the work spent on creating these tools as opposed to only the finished products we use them for. If you haven’t already stopped by the Fishbowl Gallery and seen these pieces the exhibition is ending Tuesday the 16th.
|Kevin Reed, MDF board with relief engraving, 2012|