THE TWO AMIGAS
Gerry Wall: New Work
Joan Greenfield: Continuous Shows
March 30 - April 29, 2020
Reception: Saturday, April 4 | 6:00-8:00pm
About Gerry Wall:
I am an artist living and working in NYC. My work has been exhibited in US, Europe, and Asia. I am drawn to the versatility and experimentation of printmaking, especially to etching copper.
About Joan Greenfield:
I joined MGC in 1988. I've made works on paper - printmaking and other media - continuously my adult life.
About the Exhibition:
The recent HBO series “The Deuce” called to mind a series of etchings I’d done in the late 80s: prints related to Times Square and the porn industry. The prints themselves were prompted by an MGC portfolio of that time, “On Broadway.” Times Square has changed and so have I. The work in this exhibition revisits the past and nods to the altered present. CONTINUOUS SHOWS - a phrase picked up from a theater marquis - was the name of the original series; it applies perfectly to the arc represented in this work.
Marcia Bujold grew up in Miami, Florida and graduated with a BFA in printmaking from Florida State University. She has over 35 years experience as a designer and illustrator, and has illustrated for biology research projects, science books, and for book and magazine publishing. Marcia designs and edits graphic animations and treatments for broadcast television and documentary films, and her work has screened on major television venues as well as at film festivals. Her documentary Wind Above, Earth Below, currently in postproduction, profiles artists in northern China who still build the traditional Chinese kite styles. She has traveled to China several times to film and interview these kitemakers in their homes and shops. Marcia is a member of Manhattan Graphics Center and teaches Photoshop in the Photogravure with Digital Positives class.
Shadows and Silhouettes: Photogravures and Etchings
May 1 - 31, 2020
Reception: Friday, May 1 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Shadows and Silhouettes presents several areas of interest in my recent printmaking work: chine colle assemblage, copperplate photogravure, and line/aquatint etching.
My chine colle combinations originate from earlier work with film, cel and stop-motion animation, assemblage and modelmaking, where I explored ways to combine 2D and 3D elements into moving images. At that time, I was also adapting those images into works on paper, combining photos via transfer paper with drawing, and fusing them with Damar varnish.
Intaglio with chine colle is a superior method for integrating elements. For instance, I combine soft ground impressions of Japanese throwing stars with digitally printed diagrams, hand stamped text, and colored kozo. When glued, the delicate papers become transparent, yielding new colors.
Many of my photogravures derive from a background in biology illustration and an interest in Asian art. My photogravure images began as a project to document water gardens through all the seasons. The lotus and water lily are imbued with deep cultural meaning, but I am more interested here in their unique botanical properties and the ponds they inhabit. My favorite lotus pond is densely overgrown, and by September, towers overhead like a wild forest. This environment constantly changes as shapes and space are altered by the movement of light, shadow and reflection. The flowers and giant leaves are equally interesting, even as they decay. Copperplate photogravure, with its velvet blacks, is well suited to reproduce the play of shadow and light.
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