The Translation of Print
When a non-print-based artist wonders about the possibilities of printmaking and what the medium offers, it is usually a mixed bag. The backwards thing, the lack of immediacy and too much process are responses that are all too often a deterrent for artists to see inside the incredible Candyland of print.
Many artists took a print class years ago and feel they forgot much of what they had learned. Uncertainty can often be paralyzing—and when they cannot imagine their work in the translation, they just don’t realize the amazing potential that awaits them. New advancements to traditional print processes await, particularly for photo-based and alternative conceptual practitioners.
Zygote’s LIVE MONOTHON fundraiser is a prime example. Twenty-five artists came to our shop to try their hand at the gateway drug of the printmaking processes—monoprints. Artists like John Carlson, Rian Brown, Laurence Channing and Dana Oldfather have all come to experience beautiful disruptions in their own painting, drawing and film practices here at Zygote. They navigated the unknown of print and came out the other side to new deliverables and opportunity in their own work.
For the last 21 years, we have hosted Artists-in-Residence, and our coordinator, Rebekah Wilhelm (shop manager and MacGyver of all things print) works alongside them to assist in realizing the artists’ vision.
This is a direct invitation to you: to call us, use us, take advantage of us, and join the members of our large democratic workshop atelier. We are waiting and wondering what you will do.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS | SEPTEMBER 9 – 16
Reception 1 – 3pm Saturday, September 9 | Artist Talk 2pm
FREE MEMBERS’ TEASER DEMO: COLLAGRAPH/TEXTURE PRINTING | NOON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
LAURA BIDWELL: AIR | OCTOBER 6 – NOVEMBER 11
Artist Talk 10am – noon Saturday, October 21
FREE MEMBERS’ TEASER DEMO: BIG GROUND APPLICATION AND USE | NOON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18
1410 East 30th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114