91st ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SOLO EXHIBITIONS

91st ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

TR Ericsson: Jeanne

Yoonmi Nam: Still

Serena Perrone: Fata Morgana

 

May 12 — August 6, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 11, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Gallery Talk by the Artists: Thursday, May 11, 5:30pm 

 

Three artists were selected from the 12 Finalists to receive solo exhibitions in spring/summer 2017 at The Print Center, Philadelphia.

 

It is striking that each of the three artists selected by the jurors this year are using print to document different notions of history. Their works are varied in form and process, but all share an acute interest in the impact of the passing of time.

 -  John Caperton, The Jensen Bryan Curator

TR Ericsson: Jeanne

 

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TR Ericsson, Jeanne, from the series Crackle & Drag, 2016

 

A lot of my work, whether it’s cast in ash, or nicotine, is purely photographic. It all inhabits this zone between being and not being. More hovering, more loss captured in a fragile, deteriorating piece of paper.

- TR Ericsson

With conceptual rigor and emotional directness, TR Ericsson uses the archive which chronicles his family’s painful past to explore the healing powers of commemoration and memory. He grapples with the powerful information contained within the archival materials of three generations to define both yesterday and tomorrow, as both slowly vanish as time passes.

 

TR Ericsson lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Painesville, OH. Ericsson creates film, sculpture and installation using complex screenprinting and photographic processes. Ericsson's work is the subject of an award winning monograph published by Yale University Press and is held in prestigious private and public collections, including those of the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art Library, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Cleveland Museum of Art, among others.

 Yoonmi Nam: Still

 

 

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Yoonmi Nam, POP CORN!, 2016

 

My work considers a sense of transience through drawings and prints. I use images of man-made environments and the culture of cut flower arrangements as metaphors to evoke a sense of time that is both fleeting and eternal. I am interested in beauty, irony, impermanence, and the mundane and extraordinary way we structure our surroundings.

- Yoonmi Nam

 

Yoonmi Nam makes printed works based on the disposable objects that we encounter on a daily basis. Utilizing traditional print processes, including Japanese woodblock printing, Nam’s work includes images of arranged flowers in disposable containers, creating a dialogue between the genuine ephemerality of the flowers and the unexpectedly persistent life of throwaway items.

 

Yoonmi Nam was born in Korea and is based in Lawrence, KS. She earned a BFA from Hongik University, Seoul and received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland and Sweden. Nam has been a faculty member at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, since 2001. 

 

 

 Serena Perrone: Fata Morgana

 

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Serena Perrone, Something is About to Happen (detail), 2016

 

The borders between the interior and exterior hold mystery and danger because they are inherently precarious. To move blithely between the two requires poise and self-assurance because this is a no-man’s land where one must travel alone with measured steps. My steps continually lead me to open spaces where I am elevated and my eyes, like lungs, can fill themselves with the breath of the land and the expanse of the horizon. Along the way, I observe signals and perceive omens that serve as my navigation tools. This is the only remedy.

- Serena Perrone

Serena Perrone employs a wide variety of print processes to create works that combine elements of her own history, the history of the places where the work was made and the history of the printed image. This exhibition features prints and sculptural works, showing the many ways that Perrone’s practice has expanded in recent years.

 

Serena Perrone is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in printmaking. She earned an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. The Philadelphia-based artist is the Founder and Director of Officina Stamperia del Notaio, a small artists' residency and printmaking studio in Sicily. Her work is held in permanent collections including Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Detroit Institute of Arts; New York Public Library; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the RISD Museum, Providence. She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and is represented by Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence.

 

Rebecca Gilbert: wonder

December 16, 2016 - April 22, 2017

Rebecca Gilbert: wonder brings together new prints by the Philadelphia-based artist. Gilbert’s works come out of her interest in both traditional print processes and her poetic response to the landscape.

This new body of work grows out of an artist residency Gilbert had in 2015 at OCHO, Questa, NM. During the residency she explored the countryside around Questa guided by a treasure map created in the form of a poem. It was created by a retired art collector living in Santa Fe named Forrest Fenn, who has hidden more than one million dollars in gold somewhere in the rugged nearby countryside. Gilbert’s hunt for Fenn’s treasure became an opportunity to take notes and make sketches of the beautiful landscape with its interesting rock formations and hidden petroglyphs, as well as of objects she found during her hikes. Those sketches were the starting point for the engravings and woodcuts in this exhibition. While Gilbert’s treasure hunting activities are recent, her work has focused on gold in the past.

“I have been using dirt, water, sticks, coins and gold as imagery in my work to symbolize that which we impulsively crave, seek out and hold valuable.”      - Rebecca Gilbert

About the Artist
Rebecca Gilbert received her BFA in Printmaking from Marshall University, Huntington, WV and her MFA in Printmaking/Book Arts from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She also studied nontoxic etching at the Grafisk Eksperimentarium, Capileira, Spain. For several years she was a member of Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, where she presented three solo exhibitions and curated several group exhibitions. Gilbert’s work is in numerous public collections, including the Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection; Princeton University Graphic Arts Library; and Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA. Her work has been included in recent exhibitions at Birke Art Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington, WV; Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA; The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA; and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Gilbert is represented by The Print Center Gallery Store. In 2014, The Print Center exhibited Gilbert’s work at the Editions Artists’ Book Fair, New York, NY.

Daily Life: Photography from Lithuania

December 16, 2016 - April 22, 2017

Daily Life: Photography from Lithuania has been organized by the Lithuanian Photographers’ Association (LPA) as part of an ongoing partnership between the cultural community of Lithuania and The Print Center. The exhibition was selected by artist and Chairman of the LPA Gintaras Česonis. The show provides an overview of some of the most significant photographic works created in Lithuania during the past fifty years. Each of the twelve artists presented uses the camera to observe and capture the routines of everyday life, which are both stable and simultaneously subject to constant change, replacement and erasure. As the writer Milda Kiaušaitė put it, “Daily routine is where we are, and as everything that is the closest, it becomes virtually invisible.”

“Daily routine is where we are, and as everything that is the closest, it becomes virtually invisible.” - Milda Kiaušaitė, writer 

The exhibition features artists from two generations, one worked under the repression and censorship of Soviet occupation and another since independence in 1990. In these images, we see their commonplace existence, which often borders on the absurd, complete with the grime and pain accumulated in the corners of history and of individual lives.

The older generation, active in the 1960s and 70s, is comprised of a group of artists considered the masters of Lithuanian photography including Romualdas AugūnasAleksandras MacijauskasAntanas MiežanskasRomualdas PožerskisRomualdas Rakauskas and Antanas Sutkus. These photographers did not work to provoke social conflict, but rather publicized and highlighted the universal problems of being during the Soviet era. Other photographers from that time, such as Vitas Luckus and Algirdas Šeškus, subscribed to avant-garde style, communicating in a different visual language.

The more recent generation of photographers, which has emerged since 2000, includes Gintaras ČesonisMindaugas KavaliauskasDonatas Stankevičius and Arturas Valiauga, speak to us in the language of today. Their work is characterized by an analysis of varied surroundings, groups of people and phenomena. They schematize and inventory experiences and life events, often with an almost clinical quality. Their photography is not impulsive; instead it is calculated and carefully plotted.