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“Nevertheless, She Persisted” on Artsy

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To mark Women’s History Month, Manneken Press will present Nevertheless She Persisted”, an online exhibition on our Artsy site. Opening March 8, 2018, International Women’s Day, the exhibition celebrates the amazing talents of fourteen female artists, and expresses our hope for the ultimate goal of equality among all artists, and among all peoples in all walks of life.

The artists included in the exhibition are:
Camille Billops, Mel Cook, LJ Douglas, Rhea Edge, Betty Friedman, Mary Judge, Judy Ledgerwood, Claire Lieberman, Jane McNichol, Kate Petley, Alison Saar, Sarah Smelser, Joan Winter, and Brenda Zappitell.

Thematically, the show is varied, with pieces ranging from the political to the purely abstract. Some of the notable pieces in the exhibition:

Man/Club, a 1993 lithograph, woodcut and etching, in which Alison Saar combines the form of a male figure and a wooden club. The print is in two layers: the figure has a hole cut out of it’s stomach through which the fetish objects printed on the paper below it can be viewed. This print was published by Vinalhaven Press.

The KKK Boutique Ain’t Just Rednecks is a color etching by Camille Billops made in 1993. It takes its title from the film of the same name, made by the artist and her husband, which explores the intricacies of racism in America. It was published by the artist and produced at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City. Man/Club and The KKK Boutique Ain’t Just Rednecks are printer’s proofs from the personal collection of Jonathan Higgins, the proprietor and master printer of Manneken Press.

Chromatic Patterns After the Graham Foundation – Pink, is one of three prints by Judy Ledgerwood, which directly relate to her site-specific installation/wall painting made for Chicago’s Graham Foundation in 2014. The prints riff on the metallic silver and fluorescent color/pattern scheme of the installation, executed here in woodcut and lithography with aluminum dust.

Still Life With Irises, by Chicago artist Mel Cook, combines the genres of still life and portraiture. Her monotype depicts a girl lost in thought with a cat and flowers floating through the composition. Collaged fabric and printed paper elements, and hand coloring complete the print.

Joan Winter used cropped photographs of her carved acrylic maquettes for Counterpoint, a suite of three photogravures.

All works in the exhibition are for sale. For additional information contact Manneken Press. Click here to view the entire exhibition.

 

 

 

 

Manneken Press, Jonathan Higgins, Sarah Smelser, The Box Gallery

Exhibition: Sarah Smelser and Jonathan Higgins at Knox College

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I’ll Be Your Mirror: Recent Work by Sarah Smelser and Jonathan Higgins, an exhibition of monotypes by Smelser and metalpoint drawings by Higgins, will be on view at The Box Gallery, Galesburg, IL February 8 – March 9, 2018.

Utilizing transparent veils of color and thin Asian papers, Sarah Smelser creates prints with an abstract sensibility that are informed by drawing and that reference cartography, the body, cycles in nature, and mundane objects.

In his metalpoint drawings, Jonathan Higgins uses simple forms, line, repetition, pattern, fields of texture and tone, allowing the materials and process of drawing to become part of the subject of the work, while bringing a contemporary sensibility to a Renaissance drawing technique.

An artist’s talk will take place on Thursday, February 8th at 4:15 pm at the Whitcomb Art Center at Knox College, followed by a reception at the gallery.

The Box Gallery | 308 E Simmons Street, Galesburg, IL. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 1-6.

 

Manneken Press Jane McNichol monotype

Exhibition: “Painterly Prints” at Artsy

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Painterly Prints: Monotypes by Jonathan Higgins, Judy Ledgerwood, Jane McNichol and Brenda Zappitell

We are pleased to announce our newest online exhibition at Artsy. This selection of monotypes by four artists exemplifies the painterly approach to the unique print medium.

Monotype is the most direct way for an artist to make prints, free from the technical considerations of etching, lithography or relief. Though some artists prize monotype in its most basic form, as a “printed painting”, other impose a high level of control. This exhibition brings together works by four artists whose varied approaches to monotype mine the painterly veins of this unique print medium. A subsequent exhibition will showcase artists whose manner with monotype is one of controlled outcomes and drawing based approaches.

Jonathan Higgins balances chaos and control in the “Flow Chart” series, which combine the rigidity of patterned geometry with the sensuousness of aqueous media. The artist’s interest in order, balance, symmetry and chance are evident in these prints.

Judy Ledgerwood’s 2005 painting “Is This An Audience Or…” served as an inspiration for her untitled monotypes, created at Manneken Press in 2014. Riffing on the colors, patterns and marks of the painting, Ledgerwood approached monotype as a “printed painting”, exploiting unique aspects such as the “ghost” image to create a series of unique but related prints.

Jane McNichol’s monotypes can almost be read as abstractions. Employing ink rollers, paintbrushes and a variety of scrapers, the tropes of landscape and still life were points of departure for the artist to explore the materials and processes of the monotype medium.

Exuberant colors and vigorous brushwork typify Brenda Zappitell’s monotypes, created in 2017. Automatism and the concept of Mindfulness, or awareness of being in the present moment, are vital to Zappitell ‘s image making, and her prints dazzle in their boldness.

All of the prints in the exhibition were created by the artists at Manneken Press, and are available for purchase.

Heads On Horizon, Gary Justis, Ramp-Arts, Manneken Press

Exhibition: “Heads On Horizon: Sculpture and Images by Gary Justis” at Ramp-Arts Gallery

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Manneken Press artist Gary Justis‘ exhibition “Heads On Horizon” opened last weekend at Ramp-Arts Gallery in Bloomington. The show includes sculpture, digital prints and videos.

The gallery’s main room contains two kinetic sculpture/installations, Pond and Heads On Horizon, quintessential Justis works, which use mechanics, projected light and sound to distill childhood memories into mesmerizing and poetic visual experiences. The room also includes several of the artist’s videos which loop on an installed monitor. The video’s soundtrack and the mechanical cacophony of the sculptures combine to create a hypnotic effect.

Three large digital prints, PhilsenRosetta, and Degge and Mate, hang in the front room of the gallery. These archival pigment prints – portrait-like still images of light projections – capture fleeting presences of otherworldly figures which possess “an unknowable consciousness, an inter-dimensional presence that momentarily disrupts the viewer’s casual expectations with a familiar incompleteness, something we naturally associate with human and/or metaphysical subjects”.

Gary Justis can be heard in conversation with Laura Kennedy of WGLT as they walk through the exhibition. In this illuminating interview, the artist shares insights, the stories behind the works and how they are made. Access the interview at http://wglt.org/post/glt-datebook-childhood-inspiration-still-informs-artist#stream/0

Chandelier monoprints and archival pigment prints by Gary Justis, published by Manneken Press, can be viewed at http://mannekenpress.com/artists-3/gary-justis-page/

“Heads on Horizon: Sculpture and Images by Gary Justis”, November 3-26

Ramp-Arts Gallery | 300 E Grove Street, Bloomington, IL Hours: Saturdays, 10am-2pm. By appointment: gajustis@gmail.com

Claire Lieberman, Manneken Press, relief print

Claire Lieberman: ‘UBDO Playground’ at Massey Lyuben Gallery

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Pictured above: Double Trouble, 2017. Relief print on handmade paper. 22″ x 30″, edition of 10.

Claire Lieberman’s solo exhibition “UBDO Playground” is currently on view at Massey Lyuben Gallery, NYC.

The exhibition features the artist’s recent sculptures in black marble of “Unidentified Beautiful Dangerous Objects”, and a selection of toy guns hot sculpted in glass. Three relief prints on handmade Korean paper produced at Manneken Press will also be on view.

Additional information on the exhibition can be viewed here.

Manneken Press has produced nearly twenty print editions by Claire Lieberman since 2003, all of which can be viewed here.

Exhibition dates are October 12th through November 11th 2017.
Massey Lyuben Gallery, 531 W 25th Street, Ground Floor Gallery 5, New York, NY 10001.

Upcoming Artist Exhibitions: Brian Cypher and Claire Lieberman

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Above, L to R: Gridshell, Seed Link and Lacuna, 2013. Three etchings by Brian Cypher.

Brian Cypher’s print series Entrances, Exits & Entropy will be featured in an exhibition hosted by ACME Creative in Anacortes, WA. The twelve etchings in the series, an exploration of abstract forms culled from Cypher’s practice of automatic drawing, were published by Manneken Press in 2013.  The etchings reveal a world of various states of being; energy transformation, matter becoming, and objects decaying. The images present a look into Cypher’s world of introspective observation of our nature. Click here to view all of Brian Cypher’s prints.

The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist on Friday, October 6th, 6-9 pm, and continues through November 19th.
ACME Creative, 705 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221.

Claire Lieberman’s solo exhibition UBDO Playground, opens October 12th at Massey Lyuben Gallery. Lieberman’s recent works in black marble and glass guns will be on view, as well as several brand new prints produced at Manneken Press. Click here to view all of Claire Lieberman’s prints.

The exhibition runs through November 11th. Opening reception for the artist: October 12th, 6-8 pm.
Massey Lyuben Gallery, 531 W 25th Street, Ground Floor Gallery 5, New York, NY 10001.

Manneken Press Jane McNichol monotype

Manneken Press at the Cleveland Fine Print Fair

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Manneken Press is pleased to announce our participation in the 33rd Annual Cleveland Fine Print Fair. The fair, sponsored by the Print Club of Cleveland, hosts fourteen exhibitors offering a range of prints, drawings and photographs ranging from Old Master to contemporary. The Fine Print Fair benefits the museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings.

The Fine Print Fair opens Thursday evening, September 14, with a ticketed benefit preview. The fair is open to the public on the 15th, 16th and 17th with free admission. Manneken Press will be featuring our latest publications, including new prints by Richard Hull, Brenda Zappitell, Mary Judge, Kate Petley, Jack Davidson and Judy Ledgerwood, and works by numerous other artists.

The 33rd Annual Cleveland Fine Print Fair is held in the Ames Family Atrium of Cleveland Museum of Art. Click here for additional information.

(above): Jane McNichol: Skylight, 2000. Monotype.

Kate Petley,Manneken Press,monoprint, unique print,gradient

(even more) Current Exhibitions by Manneken Press Artists

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Image: “Upside 3”, 2016. Monoprint by Kate Petley

Kate Petley’s new paintings are being shown in Radial, a three-person exhibition at Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO. The exhibition continues through September 9 2017.

Jonathan Higgins’s untitled silverpoint drawing is included in The Twenty Seventh Cedarhurst Biennial at the Mitchell Museum in Mt. Vernon, IL. Exhibition dates are July 30 – October 8 2017.

Works by Gary Justis are included in Electron Salon, a group exhibition on view through August 10 at LACDA, Los Angeles, CA.

Manneken Press artists in recent, current and upcoming exhibitions

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Richard Hull is included in American Genre: Contemporary Painting, at the ICA at the Maine College of Art, curated by Michelle Grabner. The exhibition opens on July 20th.
Hull also had a painting in Beyond Bounds • Dazzling, an exhibition shown at the Nerman Museum in Overland Park, KS in April 2017.

Kate Petley’s work was recently shown in Dublin, Ireland in an exhibition for PhotoIreland 2017 at Rathfarnham Castle. The exhibition was the culmination of the How To Flatten A Mountain residency at Cow House Studios in County Wexford.
An insightful essay by Scott Gleeson on Petley’s work is featured in the journal Peripheral Visions.

Brenda Zappitell is featured in Female, the inaugural exhibition of Whitewall Contemporary, a new space in Delray Beach, FL.

Mary Judge is one of several artists to be included in Cross Pollination, an exhibition showcasing work at the intersection of art and science at 516 Arts in Albuquerque. The show opens August 19th.

brain… glitter, Jack Davidson’s solo painting exhibition at Tat Art, Barcelona, continues through June 30th. He is also included in Apertures, a show that just opened in Houston at Hiram Butler Gallery and continues through July 29th.

Riot Grrrls, an exhibition of female artists making bold, adventurous paintings which closed recently at Chicago’s MCA, included works by Judy Ledgerwood.

Ted Kincaid will be showing in a group exhibition at Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA opening June 30th.

Manneken Press Gary Justis archival pigment print

Gary Justis: recent and upcoming exhibitions

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Gary Justis’ digital works featured in Digital GraffitiWoman As Warrior; Poets/Artists; Intimate Portraits; and Punctum.

Digital Graffiti is a projection-art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach, a scenic community on the coastal Florida Panhandle. The 2017 festival took place May 19 – 21.

Woman As Warrior is an upcoming exhibition “dedicated to the woman who symbolizes a hero among champions”. The exhibition, curated by Didi Menedez and Sergio Gomez, will be be shown at Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W 35th St., Chicago, IL from August 18 – October 13, 2017.

Gary’s work is featured in the April 2017 issue of Poets/Artists magazine; and the exhibitions Intimate Portraits, Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT; and Punctum, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.

To view Gary Justis’ digital prints and monotypes on the Manneken Press website, click here. Additional information and images can be found at www.garyjustisphotography.com.