Tamarind Turns 50! Recent Lithographs Celebrating Collaborative Printmaking
Concurrent with Oceanscapes, Chiaroscuro is pleased to present an exhibition of lithographs from the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque. Tamarind was founded in Los Angeles in 1960 and has since become affiliated with the University of New Mexico as a part of its College of Fine Arts. Tamarind, one of the nation's premier centers for lithography, educates students and provides residencies to emerging and established artists.
Prints developed under the guidance of Tamarind's master printers will be on view in Chiaroscuro's front space, at 708 Canyon Road. The exhibition presents recent work by twelve artists, including Tom Joyce, Willie Cole, Nicola Lopez, and David Row, who are described below. The other artists include; Daniel Brice, Jim Dine, Julie Evans, Fay Ku, Mark Licari, Christine Ngyuen, Johnnie Winona Ross, and Kiki Smith.
Joyce, known primarily as a blacksmith and sculptor, brings the same elemental sense of form and shape present in his cast iron to the simple, linear and spatial relationships explored in his prints.
Cole's lithographs, like his work in numerous mediums including readymades and glass, incorporate references to the every day. His sculptural forms have included the use of shoes, irons, and hairdryers transformed into a larger aesthetic vision. His lithographs create patterns that nearly obliterate the objects that form them, re-imagining the everyday as decorative motifs.
Lopez's prints are actually a combination of lithograph and collage. Her fallen cityscapes, devoid of human presence, lean and bend with twisted pylons and beams but take on a character of their own. Her work is architectural and linear, rendered in compositions of absurd configurations.
Row's work relates to Lopez's with its twisting and bending and also, somewhat, with its spare use of color. Serpentine shapes coil and flow with the gestural feeling of characters written with ink and brush.
Come celebrate Tamarind's 50th anniversary and the opening of Renate Aller's oceanscapes with a reception at Chiaroscuro on June 4th from 5-7pm.