Saturday, 25 October 2014

SMITHS ROW - TO START A CONVERSATION ACROSS A CROWDED ROOM


Adam Bridgland (2014) Yo- Yo [Wooden spool, screenprint on paper and wall, emulsion paint, vinyl, rope and cord]

To Start A Conversation Across a Crowded Room is the current exhibition at Smiths Row incorporates the work of seven contemporary artist printmakers whose work explores the experimental and interdisciplinary nature of contemporary printmaking.

Print isn’t merely a device for reproduction, elements of the unique become apparent in physical sculptural works such as Sarah Bridgland’s Untitled (2013) and Adam Bridgland’s Yo- Yo (2014). A meticulous sense of repetition and patience is constructed; however print is also a means for experimentation and mapping out or even testing an idea as an element of play is interspersed in the exhibition.


Sarah Bridgland (2013) Untitled [Paper, conservation, card and glue]


Traditionally printmaking has been kept under behind a nice piece of mountboard in a nice small frame. Stop the press. Katsu Yuasa’s woodcut on paper Ilmator, although still in a rather nice frame is a monster of a print. The dimensions aren’t listed on the gallery blurb, however – like the new iPhone, its huge, huge-tastic, huge-normous, huge-gantuant even.



Katsu Yuasa Ilmator [Woodcut on paper]


Recent MA Printmaking Camberwell graduate (2013), artist Katy Binks has been commissioned to create a new site specific work for the gallery. Untitled (2014) uses digitally printed fabric, vinyl and a digitally printed poster – this new wave of contemporary printmaker’s embracing contemporary technologies is a great move in keeping alive the spirit of print. Speaking of contemporary printmaking, anyone else noticed this year’s Turner Prize is the first year to include a nominee who is printmaker – beautiful.


Katy Binks (2014) Untitled [Digitally printed fabric, vinyl and digitally printed poster]


Anywho – To Start A Conversation Across A Crowded Room: Contemporary British Printmaking (to give it its full title) at Smiths Row, closes on the 1st November 2014 – catch it before it goes. 




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