The Translation of Print

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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 […]






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Scratching The Surface: New Works by Darius Steward

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  For many people, the blank page can be an intimidating place to start. Whether you are a writer or a visual artist, the bleached sanitized glow of a white piece of paper can be paralyzing and anxiety-inducing. Where do I start? Where do I end? The initial marks seem so important and influences every mark moving forward. Yet, Darius […]






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Test Pattern

Liz Maugans

Sure, some printmakers are traditional practitioners of a craft: They cling to techniques like rote prayers which, properly recited, will deliver them to the Promised Land, and Bless Them for that. But something about printmaking drives another set toward experimentation. It’s like the pursuit of alchemy, trying different ingredients and ways of mixing them, hunting some new recipe for gold. […]






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The Democracy of Print: Freeing the Ink at Zygote Press

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For centuries, printmaking has been considered the most democratic of all art forms. Starting with the invention of the Gutenberg Press, printmaking has allowed information to be disseminated to the masses so everyone could enjoy and understand the communication of political, personal and societal ideas. To leverage the political discourse motivated by the RNC, Zygote delivers countless ways to get […]






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Creative Fusion: “What is this city about?” / Anila Rubiku / Durres, Albania / Zygote Press

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Albanian by birth and a global nomad living between Toronto, Milan, and Tirana, Albania, Anila Rubiku is an artist who brings voice to important social issues.  When her residency at Zygote Press begins March 1, her plan is to immerse herself in local culture and learn about daily life. “What is this city about?” she asks. “What is the political […]






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Twenty Years of Zygote Press

What does 20 years look like? Over 100 exhibitions, hundreds of classes and thousands of students and audience members, and of course the myriad artists who have worked at the shop—both in our current location and our original spot on 72nd street. Artists from five continents have participated in programs, worked with our resident artists, staff and community, and have […]






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Be Zygote Now

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  Artists are Zygote’s driving purpose, and the co-founders, Joe Sroka, Kelly Novak, Bellamy Printz and myself (all artists) needed the space, the community, and the equipment to survive creatively. Opening the conversation and the physical doors to Zygote led to a movement of cooperative, shared maker spaces that now facilitate community projects and programs as well as community place-making […]






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Fandom 216: The Art of Sports in NE Ohio

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By Amy Callahan, Hilary Gent, Michael Loderstedt, and Liz Maugans   We have all been recent witness to significant development in the cultural sectors of our region, with the impressive renovation of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the new construction of MOCA Cleveland, continued development of world-class health services and the downtown corridor, the rising status of our culinary industry […]






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