pressing matters - contemporary printmaking
2 july - 2 August, 2008
Opening on wednesday 2 july, 6-8 pm
Art has for a long time been categorized by the process of its production. Paintings are painted, drawings drawn. Contemporary printmaking therefore becomes a catch-all term for hundreds of techniques in which there is a technological intermediary. Negatives, templates, and chunks of wood are reinterpreted through machinery- a kind of necessary yet forced collaboration. Artists plan and edit while inkjet printers, light sensitive papers and heavy steel rollers print. The result is a blend of process and concept, the union of sensitivity and automated indifference.
This exhibition of Melbourne-based artists is an investigation into the current state of printmaking. By highlighting the diversity and scope of the discipline its commonalities come to the fore: issues of tradition versus innovation, registration and interface, appropriation and the multiple. These ideas echo throughout the work, and yet they are a similarity which each artist approaches and answers in a different way.
The following established and up-and-coming artists are featured in this show: