12 October 2013

Proof Makers, 21Oct-13Dec, Hamilton

Proof Makers, an exhibition of 9 contemporary NZ Printmakers,
will be open to the public from Monday 21 October to Friday 13 December 2013
at Calder & Lawson Gallery, Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton
(Because you are my friends, I'll also let you know that there is an event preview 
at 6pm on Friday 18 October)

Featured artists are:
Carole Shepheard, Lynn Taylor, Neil Emmerson, Nicol Sanders-O’Shea, 
Olav Nielsen, Philip Carbon, Sam Harrison, Steve Lovett and Struan Hamilton
Curated by Steph Chalmers

Proof Makers is an introduction to innovative approaches happening in NZ printmaking. 
Works by these nine printmakers challenge conservative notions 
of what printmaking is and how it is constructed and presented. 
Proof Makers barely scratches the surface of contemporary printmaking practice in New Zealand.

 “These nine artists prove that printmaking is a contemporary medium 
that can compete with painting and photography,” 
says Waikato University Art Collection Curator Steph Chalmers.
“They push against common assumptions of what printmaking is and how it’s presented.”
Steph Chalmers, herself an artist with a Fine Arts degree in printmaking 
says she is committed to raising the profile of printmaking as a medium. 
“It’s hugely satisfying to be able to pull together a selection of significant contemporary printmakers
 to celebrate this broad and complex genre of art making.”

Olav Nielsen, The Magpies Said, 2013
Mezzotint, brass printers plate and print, 32x21cm

Steve Lovett, Clean Cut, 2013
Digital and screen print on cotton rag paper, 70x100cm

Nicol Sanders-O'Shea, Per Diem, 2013
Screenprint and acrylic on board. Installation of 51 pieces.

This exhibition coincides with other print-based exhibitions at Arts Post Galleries in Hamilton: 
 Making Her Mark, a retrospective exhibition of the works of Ruth Davey 
(one of Hamilton’s most respected and prolific printmakers), 
Punctum (21 works from a CPCANZ group workshop lead by Carole Shepheard earlier this year),
and WaiPrint 2013 (the annual Waikato Printmakers exhibition). 
So go make a day of enjoying printmaking in Hamilton!

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