Washington Printmakers Gallery Presents Kate Lowman Constructed Prints

By Editorial Team on November 28, 2022

Fri, 02 December 2022 - Sun, 08 January 2023

Portrait of a Chair
archival pigment print
48” x 33” framed
Reception: Sunday, December 4 from 2pm to 4pm

Constructed Prints
The prints in this show are constructed from bits and pieces of multiple photographs (my own.) Essentially, I use the image to edit itself by lifting bits of color or components of design from one area and adding it to another. The end result can be a long way from the original image, but I always feel the integrity of the original object is respected, even enhanced.

Balance, rhythm, and color: my work is strongly influenced by graphic design. Originally focused primarily on objects, I have expanded to landscape construction, interiors, and portraits. For me, a successful piece works at multiple levels: from a distance it has impact and coherence; the midrange shows the piece as primarily intended; and the close-up provides fine detail, both of the photograph itself and the texture of paper and ink.

Print as Object
I use a digital camera and tools (Photoshop and InDesign) to create my work. Then I print, using a Canon 44″ printer, pigment ink and several types of fine art paper. Doing my own printing allows me to study a piece and modify it as often as necessary to reach the right final point– often a lengthy process which can be both a luxury and a burden.

I consider myself a printmaker using photography for source material. My goal is image as print, and print as object. The digital image is just a preliminary stage. The goal is always the same: a strong, beautiful, and carefully crafted object, a fine print on paper.

About the Artist
Kate Lowman has been working with constructed prints and progressively bigger large-format printers for the last 15 years. Until 2019, Lowman lived in Sarasota, Florida, where she is represented by the State of the Arts gallery. Moving to the DC area just before Covid, Lowman joined WPG in 2022.

About the Washington Printmakers Gallery
With over 30 years in the greater DC metro area, Washington Printmakers Gallery is a cooperative gallery located in the Book Hill section of Georgetown, Washington, DC. The gallery is the premier source for contemporary fine art prints and photography. Its members, exceptional local and national artists, exhibit regularly in group and solo shows. More information at www.washingtonprintmakers.com

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  • Sundays 12pm – 4pm
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Washington Printmakers Gallery, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-669-1497.