Karen Beckwith and Amber Ford at HEDGE Gallery
HEDGE Gallery has been hosting a Printmaking Spotlight exhibition for the past three years. This March, artists Karen Beckwith and Amber Ford will be featured, showing powerful printmaking and photography that portrays the evidence of human existence in our natural surroundings.
Beckwith and Ford examine the impressions people leave on their environment, whether it be faded signs, graffiti, or remnants of furniture. Through methods of screen printing, photography, and collage, Amber and Karen illustrate the connectivity people have with the world around them.
Ford’s digital photography, captured during many of her travels in New Orleans and LA, explores the spatial relationships between our bodies and the environment. Her recent collage pieces use found black and white photographs of Black people meshed with colored contemporary magazine cut-outs, giving new life to the tossed photos and thinking about the layering of time in her work.
Beckwith incorporates her travels into recent work as well, especially in screen prints based on images from her hometown in Corry, Pennsylvania, and journeys to Taiwan. She wanders back alleys and side streets, delving into the struggles apparent in more rural communities. A fascination with old mailboxes has become an underlying theme, using them as examples of proof of existence, or a lifeline to the outside world in terms of small-town life.
HEDGE Gallery is thrilled to present never before seen work by these artists, opening March 17 and on view through May 7.
EVIDENCE OF EXISTENCE: KAREN BECKWITH AND AMBER FORD | MARCH 17-MAY 7
LIZ MAUGANS AND DOUGLAS MAX UTTER | MAY 19-JULY 2