Art.Science.Gallery. is pleased to participate in the inagural PrintAustin event, a city-wide printmaking extravaganza bringing dozens of printmaking exhibitions, artist talks and demonstrations to Austin during January and February 2014. IMPRESSI is an exhibition of science-inspired printmakers for PrintAustin 2014, featuring…
In keeping with the scientific affinity for Latin to describe natural phenomena, impressi comes from the Latin imprimō, ”to impress, to press into, to print, to stamp”. These six science-inspired artists all have different takes on the printmaking process and employ a diversity of techniques including solar etching, aquatint, relief printing, block printing, silkscreen, and more. Scale ranges from the compact 6″ x 6″ squares on Jenn Schmitt’s Periodic Table Printmaking Project to the 7-foot wingspan of Inked Animal’s Cathartes aura (Turkey Vulture). Inspiration comes from scientific discovery and wonder, natural history and description, scientists and science history, and an appreciation for how art and science enhance the human experience.
Opening Reception Saturday, January 11, 2014 7-11pm
Artist Talk + Printmaking Demo with Adam Cohen + Ben Labay of Inked Animal Saturday, January 18, 2014 1-3pm
PrintAustin Reception Saturday, January 18, 2014 6-9pm
Artist Talk with Printmaker Jennifer Lynch Saturday, February 8, 2014 1-3pm
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Themes in the work of printmaker Jennifer Lynch are derived from natural phenomena that are specific to particular settings. Lynch is drawn to large natural environments where nature remains the primary force, creating the area’s identity. Here she begins searching for specific personalities of the place and how they affect me. She seeks separate elements in the environment that share similar properties, distilling these parts to their common rhythmic denominators. Color and pattern operate as metaphors for natural rhythms, providing a point of departure for the contemplation of our relationship to nature and creation. The emphasis at Lynch Pin Press, Inc. – her studio in Taos, NM – is to provide a safe and non-toxic printing environment, taking responsibility for both personal health and the environment.
Ele Willoughby is a printmaker and marine geophysicist whose block prints explore the intricacies of natural history and the history of science. Her portraits of scientists illustrate not only their important discoveries but also their struggles and legacies. Playing with interactive methods of printmaking, her thermochromatic block prints change ink color when exposed to changes in temperature, and she is also developing printmaking techniques using electrostatic inks that respond to music, sound and touch.
Jed Dore brings out the kid in all of us with screen prints that evoke the wonder inherent in science, from discoveries under the microscope to the excitement of space exploration. Dore is owner and illustrator at Brooklyn-based art and design studio Ink & Sword. The Stellar Science series aims to inspire new interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, known as the STEM subjects. These retro-styled inspirational prints reflect back to an era where a trip to the moon was not just the pinnacle of scientific achievement, it was the coolest thing in the universe to be an astronaut, explorer or scientist. Sparked with Dore’s preference to play in science halls and planetariums, chemistry labs and in nature, he hopes the condition of wonder and imagination continues on for the future.
Adam Cohen + Ben Labay are the printmaking duo behind Inked Animal. They create relief prints that catalog biological diversity in Texas using the Japanese Gyotaku style of printmaking. Fish biologists by day at the Texas Natural History Collections, they have collaborated on the Inked Animal collection of prints since 2007. Although traditionally and most commonly practiced with fish, Cohen and Labay extend the Gyotaku art form far beyond fish. They break from tradition by applying the method to other animals using various media other than traditional inks and papers. In addition to scaled animals, they have developed methods to print bones, feathers, fur and spineless creatures – revealing the internal as well as the external anatomy.
Cathy Savage is a multi-media artist based in Austin, Texas, and is also a member of the Women Printmakers of Austin and co-chair of PrintAustin. Her work focuses mainly on printmaking and collage, but she is often inspired to create in all mediums. Savage’s current work is influenced by science and mathematics as well as prominent historical leaders in these fields. As a printmaker, she enjoys the methodical process of thinking in reverse, building a matrix, scraping, inking and pulling the print. In contrast, Savages’s collages are more immediate, whimsical and colorful. “I reuse and rework printed images while giving myself permission to be spontaneous,” says Savage, “I have a background in graphic design and a love of type, so text often makes an appearance.”
Artist Jenn Schmitt worked with more than 100 printmakers from seven countries and 29 states who lent their artistic visions and talents to bring the elements on the periodic table to life in The Periodic Table Printmaking Project. Printmakers of all experience levels joined together to produce 118 prints – one for each element – in a variety of printmaking media: woodcut, linocut, monotype, etching, lithograph, silkscreen and any combination. The result is a stunning periodic table of 6″ x 6″ prints that stretches over 12 feet wide, intended to promote both science and the arts.
February 5, 2014 Inked Animal’s Delicate Balance of Science and Art by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, video by Reshma Kirpalani, Austin360/Austin American-Statesman
February 4, 2014 Boom! Debate Time + More by Tom Bragg, I, Science blog
January 23, 2014 PrintAustin: Big Medium, Art.Science.Gallery, and Immediatag, review by Wayne Alan Brenner, The Austin Chronicle