Exhibit pushes printmaking boundaries

Cal Lutheran galleries display prints on ice, wood

The exhibit includes "Sistema" by Sheila Golborotko.

Photo: Marita Zerbe/Cal Lutheran

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Aug. 26, 2019) An art exhibit that expands the concept of prints to include those on porcelain, recycled wood and even melting ice has taken over both of the galleries at California Lutheran University.

“Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia” will run through Oct. 23 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art and the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture.

For centuries, printmaking has been associated with the making of flat, editioned images — mostly on paper.The 20 contemporary printmakers in this exhibition dispense with artificial boundaries aroundtheir technique. They demonstrate how printscan inhabit three dimensions like sculpture or sprawl across a wall like a painted mural. These prints are set down within theresidue of contaminated water from Flint, Michigan, and inked sideways onto the edges ofpaper that is less than a millimeter thick. They are built like puzzles or planted as a garden,conceived of as architectural designs or living things. All of the prints are somehow manipulated — cut, folded, burnt, fired or mounted.

“There are large installation pieces that are really pushing the boundaries of the genre,” said Cal Lutheran curator Rachel T. Schmid. “It is quite spectacular.”

Sheila Goloborotko, a master printmaker and multidisciplinary artist, curated the exhibit and is one of its featured artists. An assistant professor of printmaking at the University of North Florida, she has printshops in Florida and Pennsylvania that are sites of activism that empower first-time printmakers and develop the visions of mid-career artists. 

The other featured artists are Justin Barfield of Indiana, Shawn Bitters of Missouri, Vanessa B. Cruz of Florida, Florence Gidez of New York, Rebecca Gilbert of Pennsylvania, Ruthann Godollei of Minnesota, Brandie Grogan of San Francisco, John Hitchcock of Wisconsin, Andrew Kozlowski of Florida, Lauren Kussro of Texas, Nathan Meltz of New York, Guen Montgomery of Illinois, Jill Parisi of New York, Andrew Raftery of Rhode Island, Samantha Parker Salazar of Illinois, Marilee Salvator of Kentucky, Mizin Shin of New York, Swoon of New York and Eszter Sziksz of Hungary.

The exhibit is made possible by the Janet Dibble Revocable Living Trust.

Admission is free. Located in William Rolland Stadium, Rolland Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Located in Soiland Humanities Center, Kwan Fong Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, visit CalLutheran.edu/KwanFong or CalLutheran.edu/Rolland, email rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or call 805-493-3697.

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