Allegra LaViola Gallery is pleased to present Visions in Print, a group show of works on
paper. Curators Bruce Waldman and Kirsten Flaherty present a collection of
contemporary images that combine recent works from both well-known printmakers
and promising young talents. The exhibition explores vision through silkscreen,
etching, monoprint and other printmaking processes, with the overall intention of
celebrating the venerable yet often under-appreciated art of printmaking.
The human form is celebrated by the delicate portraiture of Rachel Burgess. Burgess’s
affectionate likenesses compliment Donna Diamond’s meticulous exploration of
melancholy and loss. Portraiture also appears in the emotionally charged pieces of
Jahee Yu. Similarly haunting are Stephen A. Fredericks, who creates an intimate
impression of previous life in his prints, capturing the body of an animal and
transforming it through one last process that celebrates its being.
Societal isolation is an issue touched upon through the detailed linoleum cuts of
Frances Jetter and the abrasive monotypes of Russ Spitkovsky. These pieces seem to
compliment the somber landscape ruins and barren cities of Bill Murphy, an artist
who is known for his psychological images depicting the effect’s of our culture’s
ecological footprint. The relatable characters in the expressive etchings of Andy
Hoogenboom, Richie Lansansky, and Bruce Waldman, stand in contrast to the
aggression-charged images of Max Kahan and Kirsten Flaherty.
Bill Maxwell’s large-scale modern abstractions, along with Denise Kasof’s steel-wool
arrangements, Justin Sanz’s surrealist etchings, and Rie Hasegawa’s monotypes,
create a world particular to the artist. Both the immense architectural forms of Evan
Summer, and the refined technique of Phil Sanders remind the viewer of the classical
origins of printmaking, and the learned artistry of a master printer.
Visions in Print is a unique collaboration of twenty-five printmakers from across the
artistic kaleidoscope, unititng varying subject matter in the common theme of process.