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MICA Presents "Just Press Print" Exhibition, Exploring Digital Print, Friday, Dec. 11–Sunday, March 13

Carolyn Bunt, "and when I had looked up it had gone 1," pigmented inkjet print, 2010.

Carolyn Bunt, and when I had looked up it had gone 1, pigmented inkjet print, 2010.

Gordon Cheung, "Tulipomania," lost wax cast 30 print, 2013.

Gordon Cheung, Tulipomania, lost wax cast 30 print, 2013.

Paul Coldwell, "Lines and Branches 1," relief print from laser cut, 2012.

Paul Coldwell, Lines and Branches 1, relief print from laser cut, 2012.

Andrew Super, "The Death of Gaddafi," UV inkjet solvent print, 2013.

Andrew Super, The Death of Gaddafi, UV inkjet solvent print, 2013.

Arthur Buxton, "Italian Vogue Covers 1981-2011," Pigmented Inkjet Print, 2012.

Arthur Buxton, Italian Vogue Covers 1981-2011, Pigmented Inkjet Print, 2012.

Artists use technologies to examine their influence on traditional and contemporary printmaking

Posted 11.23.15 by MICA Communications

BALTIMORE—MICA presents Just Press Print, an exhibition showcasing the collaboration of artists and educators from the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the University of the West of England (UWE), on view Friday, Dec. 11-Sunday, March 13 in MICA's Meyerhoff Gallery inside the Fox Building (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave). A reception will take place on Friday, Dec. 11 from 5-8 p.m

CFPR Research Fellow and exhibition curator Paul Laidler, Ph.D., hosts a public lecture at MICA's Fred Lazarus IV Center: Auditorium (131 W. North Ave.) on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.

Just Press Print features artists from CFPR Editions, a publishing studio of CFPR, led by Laidler. With digital prints, these contemporary makers explore the artistic, historical and industrial significance of creative print practices, processes and technologies.

The title of the exhibition was chosen to highlight the significant elements for the creation of the digital print that are often overlooked: "the relationship and conversation between artist and publisher/master printer, the iterations that are necessary to achieve the final print and the need for archiving and recording the process," Laidler said. It also depicts the new trends in digital technology and the possible impact they may have on present standards and practices in printmaking.

Through disciplines such as photography, printmaking, illustration and sculpture, participating artists use technologies such as inkjet, UV, 3D printing and laser cutting to examine their influence on traditional and contemporary printmaking.

Just Press Print is closing the circle that started with Laidler's visit 17 years ago to New York's Metropolitan Museum to view a print exhibition by an American artist, which was the inspiration for the development of the exhibition. "The significance of revealing the contributing factors involved in creating a printed artwork provides an educational component for the exhibition, but the narrative can also be enlightening and surprising in offering insights into the true nature of creative
endeavors," he said.

Participating artists include Carolyn Bunt, Arthur Buxton, Gordon Cheung, Paul Coldwell, Stanley Donwood, Richard Falle, Paul Laidler, Sebastian Schramm, Andrew Super and Roy Voss.

In conjunction with the exhibition, MICA students in the new Print and Technology course, taught by faculty member Jonathan Thomas, will explore how technology has altered printmaking and will have the opportunity to participate in Laidler's Inkjet and the Digital Surface workshop in February 2016.

"Just Press Print relates perfectly to this construct, and in particular, the changing nature of print collaboration as a result of technology," Thomas said.

"Collaboration is as much a part of printmaking's soul as any other quality. The method by which prints have been made through collaborative efforts, through the relationship between master printers, artist and publishers, has been rightfully examined and discussed throughout history. The exhibition builds on this history by investigating the process involved in the creation of work that specifically utilizes digital processes."

Concluding the workshop will be a print exchange and exhibition between UWE and MICA students at Gallery CA (440 E. Oliver St.) from Friday, April 1-Tuesday, April 12. MICA student work will be sent to UWE for a reciprocal student exhibition in the U.K.

Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m.

For updated event information, visit events.mica.edu.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

This page was last updated on 04/12/2016.