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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.

Graphic Impressions RETURNS!

The Persistence of Print

Coming December 21, 2019

Submit your proposals here.

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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#Repost @buttjohnson ・・・ Drawings and prints by John Woodrow Wilson, ca 1960s-1980s, the MLK drawings are studies for a bronze bust he made that sits in the rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington DC. #johnwoodrowwilson ...

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#Repost @blackwomenofprint #womensmarchdc ・・・ 16 X 20 in. | 1 Color Screen Print⁣ ⁣ 100lb French Cover⁣ ⁣ Open Edition | Proceeds go to: Black Women of Print⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣ @tanekeyaword + published via @dugoodpress ⁣⁣ ⁣ My design is an homage to Black women suffragists and the late 19th century Black women who organized the African American Women's Club Movement. ⁣ ⁣ These foremothers were the epitome of unity as they supported various groups including fighting for the rights of all women to vote and for Black men to have voting rights. However, African American women did not receive equitable (this is still in question) voting rights until 45 years after the 19th amendment was ratified. ⁣ ⁣ Black women continue to support and fight alongside disenfranchised groups for an equitable United States of America--yet, they are rarely credited in movements. ⁣ ⁣ Unity is supportive, equitable and making visible the heroines who risk it all for our collective freedom.⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣ #dugoodinunity #blackwomenofprint #get_imprinted #screenprint #printmaking ...

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HERE’S THE SALSA! WEEK 11: The Coquí! Anyone who has been to Puerto Rico is familiar with the incredible Coquí, which is native to the island. The inch-long amphibian has a powerful and melodic voice, and its high-pitched, chirrupy song can be heard for miles. The coquís sing from dusk to dawn, and while the locals find this a lilting lullaby, unsuspecting foreigners aren’t always comforted by their song. But they are cute, and a much-loved symbol of Puerto Rico. Link in bio to read more! ...

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@markryan_chariker #drypoint up now at @1969gallery on the Lower East Side. 🖤🤍🖤 ...

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#Repost @peterruprecht Here’s the Salsa! Week 12: Bioluminescent Bays Puerto Rico has bioluminescent bays, where a kayak trip on a moon-less night reveals glowing water when you paddle. There are only five of these rare ecosystems in the world, and the island is home to three of them! The mesmerizing brightness of the bays is due to the amount of microscopic, single-celled organisms called dinoflagellates that light up when the water is agitated. Excerpted from Discover Puerto Rico. Read more on our website: link in bio! ...

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Happy Three Kings Day From our Steering Committee in Puerto Rico! @annanicholson277 👑👑👑 #threekingsday ...

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Words to live and die by. Rest In Peace, John Baldessari. Thank you for making us laugh, and for stretching our minds. I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art John Baldessari (American, born 1931) 1971. #Lithograph, composition: 22 3/8 x 29 9/16" (56.8 x 75.1 cm); sheet: 22 7/16 x 30 1/16" (57 x 76.4 cm) ...

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