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Recent Prints and Projects from Manneken Press

“Manneken Press: Recent Prints and Projects” at Wakeley Gallery

By | Brenda Zappitell, Carlos Andrade, Exhibition, Gary Justis, Jack Davidson, Judy Ledgerwood, Kate Petley, Mary Judge, Monotypes, Philip Van Keuren, photogravure, Richard Hull | No Comments

“Manneken Press: Recent Prints and Projects” continues through March 30th, 2017 at Wakeley Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, 6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington, IL.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

Upcoming exhibition: “Recent Prints and Projects from Manneken Press”

By | Brenda Zappitell, Carlos Andrade, Exhibition, Gary Justis, Jack Davidson, Judy Ledgerwood, Kate Petley, lithography, Mary Judge, Monotypes, Philip Van Keuren, Richard Hull | No Comments

The Wakeley Gallery at Illinois Wesleyan University, located in Bloomington, Illinois, will host the exhibition Recent Prints and Projects from Manneken Press, February 27 – March 30 2017.

The exhibition will include fine art prints and portfolios produced by an array of international artists at Manneken Press from 2014 to the present. A reception for the exhibition will be held in the gallery on March 2 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

The exhibition showcases Manneken Press, a fine art press and print publisher located in Bloomington, IL. The exhibition will include examples of contemporary printmaking, including etchings, aquatints, woodcuts, lithographs, photogravures, and portfolios, as well as unique monotypes and monoprints. Artists in the exhibition include Richard Hull, Judy Ledgerwood, Gary Justis, Mary Judge, Jack Davidson, Brenda Zappitell, Carlos Andrade, Kate Petley and Philip Van Keuren.

Highlights of the exhibition will include “Toward What Sun? Volume I”, a portfolio of ten photogravures by Dallas-based artist Philip Van Keuren, published in January of 2016, and “Untitled”, a mixed-media monotype by Columbian artist Carlos Andrade, published in November of 2016, in which vernacular materials such as plastic flags and string are incorporated into the print. The monotype by Brenda Zappitell will have been made only three weeks prior to the opening of the exhibition. Viewers will have the opportunity to see the work of artists from the local community (Gary Justis) and from as far away as Spain (Jack Davidson) and South America (Carlos Andrade). Though the primary focus of the exhibition will be abstraction, the exhibition will be a snapshot of current practices in printmaking, and viewers will have the chance to see contemporary works of art realized in traditional print media. “to open widows”, a concurrent exhibition by Bill Conger, will be in the adjacent Merwin Gallery.

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The Merwin & Wakeley Galleries are located on the ground floor of the Ames School of Art building, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL.

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Kate Petley

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On the occasion of Kate Petley’s current solo exhibition at Robischon Gallery, we are sharing three articles written about her work:

A just published review of the exhibition, an Artsy editorial from 2014, and an interview with the artist on the Vasari21 blog. Kate Petley has worked at Manneken Press, creating several monoprint series in 2013 and 2016 which can be viewed here.

Recent news: Kate Petley’s work was included in “Colorado Women in Abstraction” at the Metropolitan State University Center for Visual Art, Denver CO, curated by Michael Paglia; she was an artist in residence at the UCROSS Foundation in Clearmont, WY; and completed an invitational residency at Franz Mayer of Munich Glass Studio.

Pictured above: “Sideways 5“, 2016. Monoprint, 21 1/2″ x 27”, available from Manneken Press.

Manneken Press Artists’ Exhibitions

By | Exhibition, Jack Davidson, Jonathan Higgins, Kate Petley, Philip Van Keuren, Sarah Smelser | No Comments

Recent, current and upcoming exhibitions by Manneken Press artists

Jonathan Higgins is exhibiting metalpoint drawings in point/line/shape/form, a 5-person exhibition at the McLean County Art Center in Bloomington, IL. The exhibition runs through February 18, with a reception for the artists on Friday, January 20, 5 – 7 pm.

Philip Van Keuren’s 2016 photogravure “Shrub II” is included in Idols And Impossible Structures: New Prints 2017/Winter at the IPCNY, 508 W 26th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY. Exhibition dates are January 19 – April 1 2017, with an opening reception on Thursday January 19, 6 – 8 pm.

Kate Petley has a solo exhibition of paintings at Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street, Denver, CO. Show dates are January 12 – March 4, 2017.

A monotype by Sarah Smelser was included in the Nasty Women Exhibition, January 12 – 15th at the Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens, NYC. The show was “a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights”. Proceeds from the show raised more than $35,000 to benefit Planned Parenthood. This exhibition was the first of at least twenty seven similarly themed and titled shows that will take place in venues across the United States and as far away as Brussels, Melbourne and Amsterdam in the coming months. The exhibition received a lot of press, including notices in the Huffington Post and Hyperallergic.

smoking a fag/kissing a man, Jack Davidson’s solo exhibition of collages at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA ran from November 5 – December 23, 2016.

Recent Prints and Projects From Manneken Press, a selection of prints and portfolios published from 2014 through 2017, will be shown at Wakeley Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL. Exhibition dates are February 27 – March 30, with an opening reception on March 2, 5 – 6 pm.

MM&S, Sarah Smelser, Nasty Woman Exhibition

Sarah Smelser news

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A monotype by Sarah Smelser graces the cover of the Winter 2016, Vol. 1, Issue 5  of MM&S, the e-zine covering monotype, monoprint and strappo. The publication can be obtained in PDF or hard copy format through Magcloud.

Sarah’s work can currently be seen in the Nasty Women Exhibition, an exhibition to benefit Planned Parenthood, at the Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens, NYC.

View more monotypes by this Nasty Woman on the Manneken Press website.

Philip Van Keuren, photogravure, Toward What Sun?, Manneken Press, portfolio

Philip Van Keuren’s photogravure portfolios are now available.

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Toward What Sun? Volume I, ten photogravures by Philip Van Keuren, are now available in portfolios.

Clamshell boxes to house the ten photogravures in Volume I, published by Manneken Press earlier in 2016, have been produced by Jace Graf of Cloverleaf Studio, Austin, TX. The beautifully crafted boxes are covered in silvery-gray bookcloth with the title in black ink debosssed on the front, and also include letterpress-printed pages with the titles of each print and a colophon with information about the project.

Philip Van Keuren’s photographic images are prompted by everyday observations that reveal the world as sublimely beautiful while simultaneously unknowable.  Since 2009 Manneken Press has been making copper photogravure plates from Van Keuren’s 35mm negatives. In 2016 Van Keuren and Manneken Press co-published ten of the photogravure prints for Volume I of  Toward What Sun?,  the first of four planned volumes of editions printed  from the archive of the 40 photogravure plates that have been made to date. Seven prints from each edition are available singly, with the remaining five available as complete sets of 10 prints housed in a custom portfolio case. A new volume of ten prints will be issued annually.

The images are 12 x 8 inches, hand-printed from copper photogravure plates on Hahnemuhle Copperplate paper in editions of 12. Portfolio dimensions are 19″ x 14 3/4″ x 1″. View all of the prints in Toward What Sun?, Volume I here.