PRINT: DEMOCRACY IN ART AND LIFE
Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275
For centuries, printmaking has been considered the most democratic art form. The invention of the Gutenberg press during the Renaissance allowed information to be disseminated to the masses so everyone could be literate, not just officials of the church and the wealthy. Being issued in multiples also allows prints to be more affordable than one-of-a-kind works; thus more people can have art in their homes. Artists have used prints to spread their ideas, political, personal and social, to broader audiences.
Weiss has included artists for this exhibition who demonstrate a commitment to social activism through their art, teaching, community organizing, and collaborations. Some of these artists work on environmental issues, some with the disenfranchised and homeless; others work to protect animal rights. Each artist is also highly accomplished and well regarded. Weiss feels that the temporary location of PVAC in the old Border Books space with large galleries and classrooms is the perfect environment to encourage discourse on the meaning of art in our lives.