Exhibited: Trees and Slope, monotype on two plates with chine colle, 14 7/8 x 29 7/8 inches
Westword Denver named a group exhibit I was in last year as one of the 5 best Denver area art shows in 2014. Open Press: Celebrating 25 Years of Printmaking at the McNichols Building. Mark Lunning, master printer and owner of Open Press was the curator.
Thank you Mark for including me in your very successful survey exhibit!
Exhibited: Blue Skies III, monotype on two plates with chine colle, 23 1/2 x 17 7/8 inches
Open Press: Celebrating 25 Years of Printmaking at the McNichols Building
The McNichols Building is not an ideal place for an art show, despite the generous proportions of the spaces; it has too many windows that eat up the wall space and flood the rooms with too much light. Despite this serious limitation, however, Mark Lunning was able to mount a show that worked well anyway. It was carried by the compelling topic and by Lunning's admirable skill as an exhibition designer. By looking back at his career as a master printer at Open Press, Lunning selected examples by fifty artists who he had worked with over the period. And the revelation of his picks was that apparently nearly every important Denver painter lined up at his door to have him make their prints. This made the show not only an accounting of Open Press, but by extension of the art scene at large in the city over the last quarter century. The show, which ran last spring, was the perfect inaugural event for the Month of Printmaking, or Mo' Prints, which is a biennial event that alternates with the Month of Photography.