Kasumi Exhibition to Open at Zygote Press

The artist known simply as Kasumi is an experimental filmmaker who collages found film footage into cascading waves of visual delight. Elegant, visceral, and at times jarring, her films are complex masterworks requiring serious dedication. Her 2014 film Shockwaves was constructed from over 27,000 film clips and required three years to make—a remarkable achievement. In addition to being a fine […]

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2020: The Year COVID Drove Evolution

The novel coronavirus was not only devastating to the art world in 2020: COVID drove evolution, as well. Some strategies artists and organizations invented or embraced were not only innovative in the moment, but are likely to endure in 2021 and beyond. Here are a few innovations, adaptations, and repackaging efforts that got our attention in this terrible, horrible, no […]

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Make Ready for the Revolution

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”—Angela Davis “Makeready” is the technical term for the process of readying your press for printing. Letterpress printing instructions caution novice printers not to forget the all-important makeready before rushing into a print job. The term inspired the […]

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Zygote Press Faces COVID-19: “Creating is Medicine”

When artist Kill Joy arrived in Cleveland from Mexico City in February for her two-month residency, it was snowing. To cope with the frigid weather, the first works she started carving at Zygote were images of the hottest natural substance on Earth: lava from volcanic eruptions. The series, featuring volcano sites she has visited, takes on quite a different meaning […]

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Art from a Distance: Genius Loci at Zygote Press

In this installment of CAN’s Art from a Distance series, take an eerily silent tour of Genius Loci _toward understanding of place, at Zygote Press. The exhibit features works of Boston-native, Pittsburgh-based Tressa Jones and Arron Foster, who is currently visiting professor of printmaking at Ohio University. As the curators say in a statement, “Place carries the markings of time […]

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Photography Meets Printmaking at Zygote Press

Five years ago, Zygote Press made transitioning to an environmentally friendly studio a priority. Key to making this change work was ensuring that all printmaking processes would still be available, and the resulting prints would be as good or better than using the traditional toxic chemistry. Since then, through research and innovation, Zygote has evolved into a green shop. Eliminating […]

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Our Legacy of Cultural Exchange

For over twenty years, Zygote has been a pioneer in artist residencies. Nearly 200 artists have traveled the world…and brought the world to Cleveland. Zygote Press’ residencies are made possible by support from: The Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation,  The National Endowment for the Arts, The Martha […]

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