“In my mind, lithography has been linked to the great white whooping crane,” wrote painter and printmaker June Wayne in a 1990 essay. “In all the world there were only 36 cranes left, and in the United States there were no master printers able to work with the creative spectrum of our artists. The artist-lithographers, like the cranes, needed a protected environment and a concerned public so that, once rescued from extinction, they could make a go of it on their own.” (Excerpt from article by William Grimes in the New York Times, 27 August 2011.)
“Wayne went on to become one of the foremost printmakers of the twentieth century, founding Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1960 and thereby revitalizing the medium in this country” (excerpt from article by Betty AnnBrown/Artweek.LA). Printer Francesco Siqueiros of El Nopal Press continues strives to continue this process.
Off Ramp Gallery’s current exhibit “B.A.T. (Bon à Tirer/Good to Go)” displays works of 21 women artists who have printed with Siqueiros.
B.A.T. is the final trial proof that the artist approves, indicating for the printer what an edition should look like.
From Egyptian born, U.C. Santa Barbara-educated Sherin Guirguis whose work “investigates the politics of ornamentation” and Carolyn Castaño whose recent body of work (Narco Venus) “explores the role of women in the male-dominated culture of narco-trafficking” to themes of “world, wholeness, fragile beauty, celebration, (and) center” by Emily Cheng and Anita Bunn whose “work is an investigation into the act of noticing, of turning away from spectacle,” this exhibit has a range of styles and topics.
Siqueiros is a great collaborator and innovator, allowing artists to experiment with the process and new techniques in order to achieve the desired result. The strength of the work in this exhibition represents not only the skill of the artists but the unique relationship between artist and master printer.
B.A.T. (Bon á Tirer ❘ Good to Go)
Through Sunday, Jan. 12th
Closing reception: Sunday, Jan. 12th, 2-5 p.m.
General hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Offramp Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena 91103
For more info, visit OfframpGallery.com or call 626.298.6931
Editor’s Note: Lead image is “Ghost Print Grove” by Annie Lapin.
All photos courtesy of Offramp Gallery.