It’s Spring! With Spring comes Spring Break and good times to be had by all. We have some fun, new additions to the show in just the last week or two:
Michael Guerriero just dropped off a literal boatload of prints to augment our current show, ReNEW, ReCLAIM, ReMIND. Michael has many very traditional looking, and almost photo-realistic Serigraph printed landscapes in the gallery. This last batch reveals some abstracted and downright primitive expressions in this collection of unframed works. These are wonderfully fresh pieces of art at great unframed prices.
Our most recent BLOG is about getting the printmaking going again this spring in the Ozone. With the perfect timing of the ReNEW show, Karen Britt is creating new woodcut prints from ‘stump blocks’ or the cross section of the wood. Traditionally, this isn’t the cut one would use because of the variety of hardness and grain in the cross section, but that’s exactly why to use it here. The ring patterns and other inclusions add to the composition of the prints. Karen is also mounting them in a new style; bevel finished woods that echo the edges of print. All of the woods are locally sourced and some of them were even part of the Ozone at one time!
A Good Wave Is Golden
These block prints are inspired by the patterns in the wood before any carving happens. This piece of Coast Pine had a great right curl in the surf happening inside. What interesting worlds lie within the rings of wood! The print was hand inked and hand pressed on cotton rag paper, on the block, by way of a rock. Afterwards, 18k gold settled into some of the lip and suds of this lovely wooden wave. What a wonderful collaboration of elements; wood, water, and precious mineral.
Back to The Rock Pile!
There was a brief intermission of jewelry production due to the aforementioned block printing frenzy (though we did get some 18k gold in there for metal-Smithing satisfaction!). After fielding complaints about empty jewelry cabinets, the creations have resumed. This Blue Oregon Opal and Rhyolite piece vacillates from cool to hot with the blues in the agate and common opal and heat through the purples, maroons, and pinks of the rhyolite. The contrast is repeated with the setting in silver and copper with layered areas carved for flow and intensity. Check this and other new works out in the New Jewelry section.
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