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Islands are vessels anchored at sea. Moored between the cultures of two continents, Borikén —the original name of Puerto Rico— has been a center of cultural exchange for centuries, with a rich and complex heritage. From the early engravings on stone, to the intense printmaking production of the 20th Century and the present, Puerto Rican graphic artists have sought cultural interaction with the world by sea and air. PUERTOGRÁFICO will showcase, through artistry, technique and dialogue, one of the strongest callings for our work: the tracing of History.

Welcome aboard.

Las islas son embarcaciones ancladas al mar. Firme entre las culturas de dos continentes, Borikén —nombre original de Puerto Rico—ha sido centro de intercambio cultural durante siglos, sobre una herencia rica y compleja. De los primeros grabados en piedra, a la intensa producción de carteles del Siglo 20 al presente, los artistas gráficos puertorriqueños han procurado la interacción cultural con el mundo por cielo y por mar. En PUERTOGRÁFICO, entre la técnica, la destreza y el diálogo, compartiremos uno de los llamados principales para nuestra obra: el registro histórico.

Bienvenidos a bordo.

Meet SGCI’s New Web Editor & Web Curator

Louise Fisher, our Web Editor is, an Iowa-based printmaker and a 2019 graduate of Arizona State University. She was the 2018 recipient of the SGC International Graduate Fellowship Award. Louise states about her process and artwork that she is “an interdisciplinary artist working in the expanded field of print; using methods of layering, impressing and repetition for it’s literal and visual enactment of time and the body. By integrating constructed and celestial time, geometric and organic forms, and digital and hand-drawn printmaking processes, I point to the complexities of our current experience with nature. Through an investigative visual language, I aim to rekindle an appreciation for natural light and ask viewers to consider how their rhythms are impacted by this new incessant LED world.” To get to know Louise a little better, you can read her complete bio and artist’s statement on her website and check out her interview from VoyagePhoenix.

Blake Sanders, our Web Curator, is a printmaking and foundations Instructor at Southeast Missouri State University. He has been an active member of SGCI since 2005 and has participated conference portfolios, exhibitions—both sanctioned and peripheral—and chaired two panels. His work looks “beyond anthropocentrism, emphasizing humans as a part of a global community—residents, not lords of the manor—who should be good neighbors to each other and all of nature.” In works that range from diverse print media to collaborative installation he strives to “provoke compassion within the culture” by intently observing himself and his family “to mine for the universal within the personal.” One of Blake’s most recent projects, Encountering Our Indelible Mark, is an exhibition that was installed in Santander, Spain at IMPACT10: Encuentro and an accompanying extensive web catalog. In an essay originally intended to be published in Graphic Impressions, Adriane Herman has reviewed this project. We are publishing Disrupting Our Disruption: Recycling Our Indelible Mark to mine a “wee bit of hope”  here so that you can get to know Blake and his curatorial work.

Look out for further announcements about the development of the written and visual content that Louise and Blake will be leading for our website. The submission process will be launching soon.


Exhibition Review

Disrupting Our Disruption:
Recycling Our Indelible Mark
to mine a “a wee bit of hope”

Adriane Herman

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Contemporary Printmaking, Artist's Opportunities, and Print Exhibitions

#Repost @ryantravischristian ・・・ Ryan Travis Christian x Spudnik Press #Mezzotint Edition of 20 (+4 APS) image measure 7 x 10 in on 11 x 14 in Fabriano Rospina White paper 2019 My share has sold out but you can try @spudnikpress or @westernexhibitions to acquire one of the remaining few ...

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#Repost Copper plate in #nitricacid ・・・ #patrickjacobs ...

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Student Call for Participation: 📭Puertográfico Pen Pal Print Collaboration & Exhibition!📬 📩In the months leading up to our 2020 Conference in Puerto Rico, SGCI will begin connecting our stateside student members with our student members in Puerto Rico through a collaborative print exchange. Students will be paired up to work on a set of collaborative prints exchanged through the mail. 📮Link in bio for more info and application form! Thanks to @eliana_e_rodriguez for developing this exciting project for SGCI! 💌 ...

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Deadline tonight! SGC International is seeking nominations/self-nominations for the 2020-2022 Executive Board, with terms beginning in April 2020 and ending in April 2022. All SGCI Members in good standing are invited to nominate/self-nominate. Visit the About section of our site or find the link in our bio! ...

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RIP #johngiorno 💔 #Repost @alminerech ・・・ Almine Rech pays tribute to John Giorno (1936 - 2019). We are proud and honored to have work closely with this incredible artist, poet and performer. Exhibitions and performances will the gallery took place in 2009 (Paris), 2010 (Brussels), 2012 (Paris) and 2015 (Paris). • You can watch John Giorno’s performance at Almine Rech Paris in 2019 on YouTube (link in bio) • The work of John Giorno embraces two disciplines: poetry and art, which have been a source of mutual fascination and inspiration for the artist. Harboring a close kinship with William Burroughs, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, for whom he starred in the famous film, Sleep (1963), Giorno is recognized today as one of the most influential poets of his generation. He is also considered the inventor of Performance Poetry, and of Dial-A-Poem - a free telephone line to connect listeners to recordings of original works of poetry. Giorno's words transform to images in his Poem Paintings which are short excerpts from his writings, phrases that have continually haunted him. At the crossroads between poetry, visual arts, music and performance, Giorno's work directs itself toward a broad public, redefining the capabilities of poetry and linguistic form. • #JohnGiorno #AlmineRech #AlmineRechGallery ...

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#Repost @alison_saar ・・・ Betye Saar aka m y mama @themuseumofmodernart opening tonite. So proud and giddy!!! ...

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🌴🔁Puertográfico Community Exchange: Call for Demo/Event Proposals 🔁🌴The SGC International Ad Hoc Committee for Community Exchange is pleased to announce five community engagement opportunities at three high schools or two after school programs in San Juan. These opportunities, which are outside of the conference programming, give interested individuals and programs the chance to build meaningful, lasting connections with the community. Link in bio! @dbpjoseph ...

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SGCI strives to showcase the diverse potential of printmaking and the broad range of working methods. Spot something interesting in your work environment? No finished artwork, but the view across your shop, an inky slab, a registration setup, a pile of scraps, details of a press or printing set-up. Send us moments like these that inspire you so that we can share your shop with our members.

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