Printmaking dates back thousands of years: Sumerians used clay printing wheels in 3000 BCE, Chinese used stone rubbings in 200 CE and Egyptians used woodblocks for printing fabric in 600 CE. 1400 CE movable type and the screw press created an explosion of knowledge. Skilled artisans exploited these tools and processes from 1400 CE to educate, tell stories, and to express their ideas and visions. These artisans came from many disciplines; woodcuts came from carpenters, engravings came from jewelers, etchings came form chemists, screen and fabric printers came form weavers and tailors. Artisans became artists.
Contemporary printmaking equipment is often large, expensive and the processes are complex, where collectives commonly form to share knowledge and resources. Despite the diversity inherent in printmakers, they come together to share one common thread; the use a matrix to transfer art onto a surface.
This group show represents different matrices (silkscreen, wood, linoleum, metal, plastic) used to create prints.
Mariko Ando, Gillian Armitage, Xavier Charbonneau Gravel, Barb Choit, Edward Fu-Chen Juan, Benjamin Duncan Bonner, Molly Gray, Maya Gulin, Rick Herdman, Brigitte Potter-Mael, Marie Price, Jocelyn Barrable Segal, Richard Tetrault, Gerri York