Two recent broadsides to be exhibited in "Black Ink: Works on Paper" at the Nave Gallery Annex in Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.
Thursday, February 21 - Friday, March 8, 2013
Closing: Friday, March 8 (time: tba)
With the title BLACK INK, how could I not submit prints for consideration? I stumbled on this call-to artists four days before the submission deadline and promptly shifted into high gear. I refined my woodcut, printed the circular birch plywood plate, and scanned three finished prints for on-line submission.
"Shadow," recently exhibited in "All Pi-Ed Up: Experiments in Letterpress Broadsides" at The Sharon Arts Gallery (Peterborough, NH), now travels to the NAVE.
"Shadow," Linoleum Relief and Letterpress, 14 x 12 ins., 2012
"Untitled," a woodcut & letterpress broadside (mash up of old and new) is also in Black Ink.
"Untitled," Woodcut and Letterpress, 10 x 10 ins., 2013
Years ago, I set and printed the letterpress type for this quote and put it away—unfinished and incomplete. It hibernated in my flat files until I heard it calling with clarity and conviction. Sometimes it takes years to gain perspective on a visual idea; I believe the text and image dialogue is now complete.
The concept "Black Ink" evokes permanence, a pledge defying doubt, real and true. I see now how both of these prints challenge the premise.
Next to Redbones BBQ in Davis Square!