Parallel Prints is on at Art at Wharepuke
from 15 July to 22 September.
The concept behind Parallel Prints is to present the same exhibition
simultaneously in New Zealand and the UK.
Using the uniqueness of the reproducible print allows for the same works
to be viewed at the same time on opposite sides of the world.
This highlights the democratic nature of printmaking and questions the aura of the unique.
Which venue is showing the ‘real’ work? Which the reproduction?
Curated and coordinated by Mark Graver and Tania Booth in NZ,
Parallel Prints features the work of 12 diverse artists presented in a portfolio set.
Each artist has contributed one work on 30x30cm paper in an edition of 36
and the writer and critic Richard Noyce has supplied an introductory essay.
There are 24 portfolio sets, one for each artist and 12 for donation to international collections.
A dedicated web site has been designed for the project: www.parallel-prints.com
Margaret Ashman, Duncan Bullen, Anne Desmet, David Ferry, Gillian Golding, Mark Graver, Weimin He, Timo Lehtonen, Johanna Love, Stephen Mumberson, Chris Pig and Sandy Sykes.
These artists represent the broad diversity of current printmaking process and practice.
Parallel Prints will be exhibited at Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri, from 15 July to 22 September
and in the UK at Ian Rastrick Fine Art, St.Albans, from 9-16 August.
In the UK venue there will be a QR code that links to a video recording
allowing the audience to encounter both exhibitions at once.
There will also a live web video streaming of the New Zealand exhibition available.
Following the St.Albans show the folio will travel to France
for exhibition at Galerie Apart, Le Bourg , Marcilhac-sur-Cele in October.
The portfolio has been selected for presentation
at the Impact 8 international printmaking conference in Dundee, Scotland on 31 August.
Part of the concept behind the project was always to donate
12 of the portfolio sets to international collections.
So far the following institutions have accepted a portfolio:
The Victoria &Albert Museum, London, UK, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
The Kent Print Collection, Kent University, UK, Ian Rastrick Fine Art, UK
The Whangarei Art Museum, NZ, Art at Wharepuke, NZ
We are currently in negotiation with other international institutions
to find homes for the remaining folios.
It is envisaged that similar collaborative projects will be arranged in other countries –
a project is now in development for the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia in 2015
and future versions are planned for the USA, China, India and Thailand.