2011-11-04 / Community

InkSplash Printmakers To Reveal Techniques

InkSplash is a Rockaway Artists Alliance printmaking exhibition that showcases the work of eight artists from this country and Europe, employing a varied range of techniques to fulfill their diverse visions. Sunday, November 6 the wine and cheese closing reception, from 12-4 p.m., will feature a special talk by the artists discussing the techniques they used to create the work in the show. InkSplash is presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance in their sTudio 6 gallery, in Fort Tilden. “The Art of Printmaking,” at 2 p.m., will include a Q & A. Have you always found printmaking a little baffling? Not after November 6.

The wide range of techniques, including aquatint, monoprint, solar plate and etching, will be explained, with the bonus of having the artworks that were fabricated with those techniques right in front of you, ‘in the flesh,’ on the gallery walls.

Participating artist Esther A. Grillo observes that the InkSplash exhibit is “an interesting blend of techniques, from the traditional to the latest means of producing multiple prints – inkjet and the computer.” In many pieces, techniques are combined and the traditional becomes contemporary. A dynamic, kinetic print by Grillo uses monoprint and incorporates the actual monoprint plates in the design, giving the resulting montage a very original, exciting quality.

InkSplash curator Christian Le Gars, a master printmaker from France whose work appears in the Library of Congress, is displaying a triptych that is grand in theme and technique. Visually and intellectually complex, “Revelation” combines the use of aquatint, solar plate and watercolor to comment on the Book of Revelations. Italian-born Elisa Sassera, was inspired by her passion for words and signs, from ancient to modern times. Her work, “Homo,” addresses the essence of being human. The artist used aquatint for the signlike writing and the abstract images were printed on a plate she made from metal and wire.

Monoprints have been fashioned from tools as simple as bits of fruit, as in the print by Renée Radenberg, to more complex, color saturated works using soybased inks on Plexiglas, as in the Japanese-inspired works by Melissa Rubin. In addition, Turneresque abstract photographic prints by Stephanie Schmidt expressing the ephemeral nature of sea, air and sky, and original pen and ink drawings by Jessica Schulman add yet more dimensions to InkSplash. Shimmering computer-manipulated bodies of water in giclée prints by Russian born Yuri Yurov transcend their physical entities to enter their spiritual, aesthetic existence.

InkSplash has been featured in the Journal of the Print World, the website of the prestigious International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) and on NY1. Admission is free to the exhibit, the closing reception and the special event, “The Art of Printmaking.” Parking is free, as well.

Rockaway Artists Alliance galleries are located in an urban national park, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Jamaica Bay, marshes, woodlands and a wildlife refuge, the vistas and intimacies of which are available free to the public. Situated on the eastern flyway, known to all birdwatchers, the area is a haven during this migrating season, for art lovers and nature lovers thrilled by the magnificence of flocks filling the skies with the poetry of their sights and sounds; by glowing sunsets filtered through the branches of stalwart pines.

For more information and directions, please contact the Rockaway Artists Alliance. Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

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