Time: July 5, 2012 at 6pm to August 7, 2012 at 5pm
Location: In Toto Gallery
Street: 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 st. Andrew Street
Website or Map: http://www.intotogallery.co.za
Phone: 011 447 6543
Event Type: art, exhibition
Organized By: Megan Amy Kidd
Latest Activity: Jun 13, 2012
“The Printmaker delights in doing what does not come naturally. He takes pleasure in working in opposites: the gesture that produces a line moving to the right prints to the left; a deeply engraved trench in a copper plate prints as a depression in the paper. Left is right. Backward is forward. The Printmaker must see at least two sides to every question." Jules Heller
Before the printing press came along with its rattling machines and shiny fresh ink, printmaking was not thought of as an art form, but was rather an agent of communication. It was not until the 1700s that art prints began to be deemed originals and not until the 19th century that artists began producing signed limited editions.
The art of engraving goes back to our ancestors carving stories and motifs into the walls of caves. The Sumerians etched designs on stone cylinder seals 3000 years ago, producing the first recorded duplication of engraved images. In the East, the Chinese created “the rubbing”, a form of print, as far back as the 2nd century AD and the Japanese made the first authenticated prints in the 8th century. Printmaking in the Western world began with textile printing in the 6th century, while printing onto paper was delayed until the ingress of paper technology from the Far East.
Rather than being a fixed replica of an artwork, printmaking involves generating prints with an element of originality. Each piece made is not a thoughtless imitation but considered an original and is formally known as an 'impression'. Apart from monotyping, which involves a single impression, printmaking is remarkable not only for its capacity to produce multiple impressions, but also for the unique qualities that each of the printmaking processes lends itself to.
Some of the most important artists in Western and Eastern art history have used printmaking such as van Dyk, Degas, Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Katsushika Hokusai and Picasso. As printmaking evolved through history, processes such as relief, intaglio, planographic and stencil were developed and refined. Contemporary methods have been, and still are being, developed that employ exciting new digital technology and photographic mediums.
“Limited Edition” is an exhibition curated with the purpose of saluting works on paper and the processes that brought them to life. Still a hugely underrated medium, works on paper are fast becoming more sought after as the integrity and uniqueness of art produced by one of the many processes of printmaking is recognised.
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