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Where is printmaking? In search of news meanings

31.01.2013 - 10.03.2013

Where is printmaking? In search of new meanings
Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole

The opening of the exhibition - 31.01. 6 p.m.

The exhibition entitled "Where is printmaking? In search of new meanings" is intended by its organizers to be an important contribution to the discussion concerning the significance of artistic printmaking in the context of the ever growing pressure of modern media. This phenomenon cannot be passed over in silence because of its large scale. The Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole, as part of the International Print Triennial in Kraków, following the exhibitions Japanese Printmaking (1997), East Meets West (2000), Etching Versus Digit (2003),

Printmaking or Photography? (2009), has prepared an exposition of the works distinguished during the Triennial 2012, which once again will pose the question concerning the direction of the evolution of printmaking. This time, we are proud to present over 140 prints made by 120 artists from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Japan, Canada, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, the USA, Sweden, Thailand, Venezuela, Hungary and the United Kingdom. An impressive number of works and a multiplicity of styles and artistic attitudes promise an interesting event which will perhaps provide an answer to the question included in its title: where is printmaking?
For the duration of the exhibition the Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole will become one of the international printmaking centres.
Anna Potocka
Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole

Candiani Alicia, From the Amazonia series: Fata Morgana, 2011, digital print
82 x 61 cm

Pazera Łukasz, Zone Dog, 2011, video

What determines the borderlines of printmaking? Does the combination of the technological processes of woodcut and video in the work on an image, as proposed by Christiane Baumgartner, already constitute the crossing of the borders of the graphic medium? Does the use of a road roller to make a duplicate print of a large-format woodcut by Bodo Korsig not cause confusion in the classification of printmaking? How to classify Willi Cole's images burned out by means of an iron? Are the silkscreen projects made by means of coal dust on the water surface by Oscar Muñoz prints? Can a used car tire be a matrix for a print? - Betsabeé Romero, a Mexican artist, convinces us that it can.

Where is printmaking? Is it printmaking? Is it still printmaking? It seems that critics and the audience find these questions (and answers to them) the most problematic. Artists seem to be dealing with them much better. They reach for new digital solutions, restore classic techniques, print on alternative surfaces (such as leather, metal or glass), use unusual materials and tools, such as a cutting plotter or a laser. They propose extremely diversified formats and forms of their works, starting from the intimate, classic form of a book to vast multi-element projects, and ending with objects or installations. The problem consists in overcoming not the limits of technical possibilities but the limits in thinking.

Organizing an exhibition focused only on the technical aspects - both the well known techniques of the art of printmaking and the new experimental ones - does not seem particularly interesting now; however, provoking a discussion on how they serve a certain message included by the artist in his/her work, and what is their unique contribution to the image - which cannot be provided by other media - seems quite appealing.

The previous exhibitions in the Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole concomitant with the International Print Triennial have always had a "borderline" and comparative character: East Meets West, Etching versus Digit, Is it Still Graphic Art or Already Photography? This time we have chosen the works of artists who penetrate the vast areas of the printmaking universe in search of new meanings and new possibilities of imaging. The selection of works has been subjective, as any other selection would be possible as well. We have, first of all, focused on the works of authors who make a conscious and unique use of the formal and aesthetic values of the art of printmaking. We have compared experimental works in classic techniques with technological innovations, intriguing examples of combining techniques and untypical perception of the matrix and surface, performative printmaking falling outside any classification, printmaking in dialogue with the third dimension, and printmaking within the public space.

We do hope that we have succeeded in presenting a selection of mature and refined works, with their affluence of artistic and cultural references, which will be a source of both intellectually and emotionally genuine experiences for the spectators.
Aleksandra Janik

Bernaś Judyta, from the Recess cycle II, 2011, serigraph, 72 x 70 cm

Heamägi Gudrun, Abacadabra, 2011, lithograph, 60 x 43 cm

Boullosa Maria Luisa, Hurt Dress, 2011, digital print, transfer print, 78 x 99 cm

Hlawacz Magdalena, Monidło 07, 2011, digital print, 150 x 85 cm

Holler Stefanie Kraina, Cockaigne #3, 2011, serigraph, 50 x 87 cm

Gajos Grzegorz, Shinjuku-sanchome (F13), 2011, digital print, 150 x 100 cm

Layton Aoife, Interloper, 2011, mezzotint, 50 x 46 cm

Kidd Davida, Asylum, 2010, digital print, 109 x 81 cm

Kang Eun Jin, Pass Away, 2010, woodcut, 58 x 85 cm

Sadowska Dominika, Interferences (4), 2010, digital print, 67 x 100 cm

Uczestnicy / participants

Argentyna / Argentina
Candiani Alicia
Chapman Deborah
Saccomano Maria Blanca

Austria / Austria
Holler Stefanie
Kohler-Heilingsetzer Margret
Schnitzer Elli

Belgia / Belgium
Cleeren Colette

Brazylia / Brazil
Sampaio Augusto

Chorwacja / Croatia
Čabraja Igor
Dragicević Edvin
Slobodan Tomić

Dania / Denmark
Bennike Lene

Estonia / Estonia
Heamägi Gudrun
Heamägi Inga

Francja / France
Parrein Pascale

Grecja / Greece
Ikonomidou Florentina

Hiszpania / Spain
Heyvaert Anne

Holandia / Netherlands
Koenders Caroline

Irlandia / Ireland
Layton Aoife

Japonia / Japan
Akahane Tomoko
Aoki Takahiro
Fukuhara Teiko
Fumiko Takahashi
Hisashi Kurachi
Honda Eiko
Imamura Aya
Imamura Yoshio
Kanata Naoya
Katsuro Nakai
Kodama Taichi
Mitsuru Hiraki
Noriko Fujita
Yasui Yoshihisa

Kanada / Canada
Bovey Mark
Boyadjieff Peter
Cassidy Karen
Derda Agata
Kidd Davida
Mitchell Mitch

Korea Południowa / Korea
Chung Hoon-Dong
Ga Seul Kim
In Hee Bang
Kang Eun Jin
Kim Sohee

Łotwa / Latvia
Bondare Liena
Liepa Paulis

Meksyk / Mexico
Boullosa Maria Luisa

Niemcy / Germany
Negenborn Heike

Norwegia / Norway
Maehlum Ellen Karin
Strand Elisabet Alsos
Strand Randi Annie

Polska / Poland
Balcerowiak Krzysztof
Bałdyga Stanisław
Bartnik Paulina
Bednarczyk Andrzej
Bernaś Judyta
Bińczyk Ewa
Bobrowski Andrzej Roman
Borkowska Dorota
Bożyk Marta
Cholewińska Agnieszka
Chudzik Tomasz
Chyży Józef
Cieślińska Agnieszka
Czajka Ewelina
Ćwiek Sławomir
Długosz Beata
Domejko Anna
Fasiecki Andrzej
Gajewski Jonasz
Gajos Grzegorz
Gołuch Wiesław
Gorzelak Mariusz
Gugała Mirosław
Gurowska Małgorzata
Hąc Aneta
Hlawacz Magdalena
Jakób Piotr
Kaczmarek Stefan
Kędzierska Izabella
Leszczyńska Joanna
Matłosz Apolonia
Matwiejszyn Kamila
Mazurek Grzegorz Dobiesław
Pawłowski Mirosław
Pazera Łukasz
Piech Joanna
Sadowska Dominika
Skałuba Sybilla
Tomalski Krzysztof
Trzos Bartłomiej
Tylbor-Kubrakiewicz Wojciech
Węcławski Andrzej
Wilk Sylwia
Wota Rena
Zaleski Kamil

Portugalia / Portugal
Costa Regina

Serbia / Serbia
Djordjevic Milos
Krstić Velizar
Pecic Dmitrije
Słowacja / Slovakia
Augustovic Peter

Szwecja / Sweden
Bondeson Nina

Tajlandia / Thailand
Sangkhum Boonmee

Bulawsky Lisa
Cornell Deborah
Frączak Jacek
Fundingsland Ron
Meler Monika
Parisi Jill
Zlotnikov Sergey

Wenezuela / Venezuela
Mas Maribel

Węgry / Hungary
Dobo Bianka
Fa Marianna
Kovacs Oliver Arthur
Molnár Dóra Eszter

Wielka Brytania / 
United Kingdom
Freeman Barbara
Hyatt John
Rich Ashley