“Past/Present: Print History and Contemporary Practice”
This SGC International affiliated session will be held as part of the 2017 SECAC Conference October 25-28, 2017 at the Columbus College of Art & Design (Columbus OH). Keynote speakers for the conference will be Tyree Guyton, founder, and Jenenne Whitfield, Executive Director, of the Detroit-based Heidelberg Project.
Titled “Past/Present: Print History and Contemporary Practice,” the SGCI session will address the historical roots of printmaking; how its materials, processes and function inform the work of many contemporary artists working with print media. Even in an era when many of the mechanical operations of printmaking have been supplanted by digital processes, we see a new generation of artists embracing analogue methods as part of their creative processes. We also see ways that artists continue to be informed by history while working with new technologies. Historical approaches to print media may be reflected in the materials used, but also in the economies of production, from community printshops, as well as collaborations and exchange economies. Additionally, the history of prints offer artists important themes and subjects, from the political to the social which continue to have relevance today.
Chaired by Beauvais Lyons, Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the following three papers have been selected for the session:
“The Mezzotint: An Unlikely Resurgence of a Marginalized Medium”
Art Werger, Professor, Ohio University
“The Satire & Regard for History in the Prints of Wanda Ewing”
Sally Deskins, Exhibits and Program Coordinator, West Virginia University
“Post-Truth Printmaking: Visualizing a Response in the 21st Century”
Emily Stokes, Associate Professor, Northwestern College of Iowa