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Michael Mazur : The Inferno of Dante
April 17 – July 11, 2015
Thursday, April 16: Gallery Talk by the artist and John Caperton: 5:30pm;
Opening Reception: 6:00-8:00pm

PHILADELPHIA: The Print Center continues its Centennial year with Michael Mazur: The Inferno of Dante, which brings together over twenty etchings from the artist's masterful portfolio of prints. Mazur's work has been highlighted in over a dozen exhibitions at The Print Center, including a solo exhibition of his work in 1965.

Mazur (1935-2009) is recognized as one of America's most distinguished printmakers, and his practice was marked by invention and experimentation. He studied at Amherst College and the Yale School of Art and Architecture. His work has been widely exhibited internationally in over 150 solo and group exhibitions, including a traveling retrospective organized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2000. It is held in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA. Mazur received awards from the Tiffany Foundation, The National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation and a Distinguished Career award from the Southern Graphics Council. A catalogue raisonne' of his work was published in 2000.

In 1998-99, Mazur created a suite of 41 etchings accompanied by text by Robert Pinsky, which extended and deepened his lifelong exploration of Dante's poem. The poet and critic Lloyd Schwartz has called these works "one of the most graphic embodiments of tragic vision by any artist-Aristotelian pity and terror-a devastating visualization of Dante's words that is finally also (and must be) beyond words."

These powerful works have served as the source of inspiration for a new work by renowned American composer Michael Hersch commissioned by Network for New Music. The resulting work, a breath upwards will be presented as part of a concert on April 19, 2015 at Curtis Institute of Music followed by a panel discussion with the composers and The Print Center's curator. In addition, the collaboration has also inspired the creation of six new works by Curtis composition students, created in response to artworks at The Print Center to be performed at Curtis on April 17, 2105.

Michael Mazur: The Inferno of Dante will be on view April 17 - July 11, 2015, from 11:00am-6:00pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays. An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 16, from 6:00-8:00pm, with a gallery talk by the Curator at 5:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Keith Sharp: Double Take and Ken Wood: Scripta Volant (Written Words Fly)
April 17 – July 11, 2015
Thursday, April 16: Gallery Talk by the artist and John Caperton: 5:30pm;
Opening Reception: 6:00-8:00pm

PHILADELPHIA: The Print Center announces two solo exhibitions: Keith Sharp: Double Take and Ken Wood: Scripta Volant (Written Words Fly). The Print Center is pleased to continue its Centennial with two solo exhibitions awarded from its 89th Annual International Competition. Keith Sharp (Media, PA) and Ken Wood (St. Louis, MO) were selected by jurors Dan Byers, Senior Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and independent curator Tina Kukielski.

Keith Sharp: Double Take brings together recent photographs from two series by the artist. In Fabrications, Sharp prints photographic scenes of nature onto cotton or silk, which he then installs as curtains in an interior and re-photographs. The resulting images create uncanny juxtapositions between the interior spaces and the landscape imagery which appears on the curtains.

In the series, Seeing Through, Sharp digitally reworks and layers images to make objects seem transparent. In these photographs, it seems as if the skies and trees, normally understood as around and behind buildings, cars, fences and walls, go right through those objects. As Sharp describes the work, "a surrealist at heart, I attempt to create mysterious and subtle images that cause the viewer to do a double take. I transform the ordinary world around me to create images that play tricks with our perception."

Sharp has had solo exhibitions at Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA; The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA; US Botanical Gardens, Washington, DC; and FotoFest, Houston, TX. His work has been included in recent group shows at Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; and the Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY. His work is held in public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA.

Ken Wood: Scripta Volant (Written Words Fly) includes six recent relief prints from his series Written Words Fly. The prints are large gestural abstractions composed of undulating lines that travel across the paper. The works are created through a complex and multi-staged process. Beginning with small gouache studies, Wood enlarges the images using an overhead projector and traces them onto clear plastic printing plates. He recreates the small strokes of the gouache studies on the plates using large brushes he crafts himself. He then cuts out the large meandering lines, uses those cut-outs as a matrix, inks them and prints them in relief. He prints multiple layers of marks on top of each other, creating varying degrees of opacity. The artist has said this process creates "overlap, gestures collide or move in concert with each other, while colors mix and morph into new colors."

Wood's prints and paintings have been exhibited in St Louis, MO at The Contemporary Art Museum, The Millstone Gallery at COCA, Philip Slein Gallery, Good Citizen and Art St Louis. His work has also been included in recent exhibitions in Kansas City, MO; Indianapolis, IN; Austin, TX; and Miami, FL. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; Temple University's program in Rome, Italy; and Washington University, St Louis, MO. He is Associate Professor of Printmaking at St. Louis Community College - Meramec.

Keith Sharp: Double Take and Ken Wood: Scripta Volant (Written Words Fly) will be on view April 17 - July 11, 2015, from 11:00am-6:00pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays. An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 16, from 6:00-8:00pm, with a gallery talk by the artist and Curator at 5:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Print Center celebrates a century of inspiring printmaking and photography and encourages the growth and understanding of photography and printmaking as vital contemporary arts through exhibitions, publications and educational programs. The Print Center has an international voice and a strong sense of local purpose. Free and open to the public, it presents changing exhibitions which highlight established and emerging, local, national, and international contemporary artists. It mounts one of the oldest art competitions in the country, now in its 89th year and the Gallery Store offers the largest selection of contemporary prints and photographs available for sale in Philadelphia.

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