H-Space Presents Unconfined: Printmakers Breaking the Mold Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on June 5, 2018
Image courtesy of H-Space.
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Opening Reception: Saturday, June 9 from 6pm to 8pm
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Artist Talks: June 13, July 11, July 25 6:30 pm

H-Space is pleased to present Unconfined, a group exhibition of printmakers pushing the boundaries of traditional printmaking practices beyond the realm of the precise edition. With an emphasis on community engagement and to introduce a new audience to various non-traditional printmaking techniques, local printmakers including artists in the show will offer a series of printmaking workshops throughout the run of the exhibition. Unconfined will open with a reception on Saturday, June 9th, from 6-8 pm. The artists will be in attendance, and the opening will feature screen printing and woodblock demonstrations. Unconfined will run from June 9th – July 31, 2018.

The seven artists featured in the show – Matt McLaughlin, Melissa Ezelle, Nilou Kazemzadeh, Taryn McMahon, Elle Friedberg, Clara Cornelius, and Gretchen Schermerhorn – explore printmaking as a tool for art rather than a means for reproduction, rejecting the meticulous, inflexible, and often stuffy methods and habits that are required for the machine- like precision of traditional printmaking. Their work demonstrates a love for the democracy of multiples over the rigid perfection of editions. Their printmaking utilizes a variety of techniques to create works of art that challenge the rigidity of their professional training. Unconfined showcases works that are not editionable; artist proofs, one-off monoprints, unframed and applied directly to the wall, dimensional, deconstructed, and recontextualized. In many cases, they even challenge how a viewer might experience a print by taking a traditionally two-dimensional medium and exploring it in a sculptural context, encouraging the viewer to walk around it, hovering it off a wall so it may respond to a breeze, or responding directly to the architecture of the space.

Running concurrently with the show, artists featured in Unconfined as well as other local printmakers and educators will offer workshops meant to meaningfully engage the community in these contemporary printmaking practices through hands-on instruction. This provides the rare opportunity to see how the work that fills the space was made and the process of doing it yourself. Workshops focus on methods that don’t require extensive equipment and presses but also give an introduction to more extended, more intensive classes that are offered at local print centers where the artists teach on a regular basis. Workshops include woodblock printing, screen printing, inkodye on fabric and paper, and zines. Workshops may be added so check hspace.hamiltonianartists.org or H-Space on Facebook for the most up to date listing.

For more information about programming and events, please visit hspace.hamiltonianartists.org. A full list of workshops and instructions for signing up for workshops can be found on the website. Unconfined will open with a reception on Saturday, June 9th, from 6 – 8 pm and run through July 31, 2018.

H-Space is located at 1932 9th St. NW (entrance on 9 1/2 St.).