pressing matters - contemporary printmaking

4 August - 4 september 2010

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:

Jazmina Cininas
Gary James aka Spook
Ruth Johnstone
Tim Jones
Damon Kowarsky
Peter Lancaster
Simon Perry
Cat Poljski
Sophia Szilagyi
Andy Tetzlaff
Kim Wall

Exhibition Images


Exhibition Images

Exhibition Notes

Ruth Johnstone, NS-EW

Jules, untitled

Jazmina Cinanas, Christina sleeps on both sides of Grandma's bed

Sophia Szilagyi , Vision 1

Damon Kowarsky,Aermacchi mb

Tim Jones,The woods between the worlds