Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Yizhak Elyashiv

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Mulcahy

Yizhak Elyashiv: Prints & Drawings from Ireland, 2000 – 2005
Beth Galston: Ice Forest
September 15 – October 15, 2005

Yizhak Elyashiv opens a show of large scale work on paper at Reeves Contemporary on Thursday evening, September 15th with an artists’ reception between 6-8 p.m.

Elyashiv, now working and teaching in Providence, Rhode Island, is an Israeli artist who has done collaborative projects with numerous well-known printmaking studios, in an effort to realize his ambitious, large-scale works. Some of the works measure six by ten feet, at times incorporating sixty plates, with an intricate webbing of map-like marks connecting the discrete plates. Over painted marks interject color and graphic impact on the etched monoprints. The new series of ‘maps’ incorporates Hebrew prayers – these become the rhythmic patterning that punctuate and elevate the prints to an elegant and compelling statement of quiet force.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Horst Janssen

Horst Janssen (1929-1995) was introduced to me by Joel. His art lies deeply within my heart. I spent the most part of Fall 2003 reading his writings, and was captivated by them. I will be writing more about him throughtout the year, as I plan to go back and read his writings again. His book are so rare to find, and a lot of them tend to be in German. I can't help but look at some of his work and notice how a lot of artists today are working similarily to the way he worked.

Art Work

Friday, September 09, 2005

Pressure Printing

I like a lot of the artists working at pressure printing. I guess you could call the majority of them pop surrealists. Using unique handpresses Brad works with artists he admires to create unique and sought-after print editions of the finest quality.

I just love the presentation of the prints. They are so skillfully done, and packaged beautifully. I haven't started a print collection yet, but when I do decide to start, I want to pick up one of these packages. They seem to be very cheap too!!!

Monday, September 05, 2005

The Artists' Press, Newton Johannesburg

Dumisani, Mabaso
six color lithograph

I really want to visit this print shop some day. I used to work with people from South Africa. I loved hearing about the history of South Africa, and its current situation.

In 1991 The Artists' Press opened its doors in Newtown, Johannesburg, under the direction of Tamarind Master Printer, Mark Attwood. The Artists' Press started as a lithography studio providing artists in southern Africa with a workshop dedicated to the production of limited edition hand printed lithographs. The Artists' Press has been internationally recognised for its contribution to developing the culture of printmaking in Africa. The studio has initiated and taken part in a number of exciting international and regional projects.
Our Vision:

*To provide artists with the opportunity to collaborate with a master printer to produce original prints of the highest quality.

*To introduce visual artists to lithography as a new medium.

*To work with artists from marginalised communities to offer them new
opportunities and to promote their work through the collaborative process.

*To contribute to the development and expansion of art in southern Africa by focussing on excellence.

*To contribute to ongoing research and the development of printmaking techniques together with printmakers from around the world.

*To introduce global audiences to South African printmaking.