Texas Printmaking – Selections from Flatbed Press / Austin & Peregrine Press / Dallas.
Exhibition Dates: September 24 to October 21, 2015
Reception: September 29, 5-7 pm
Lecture by Annalise Gratovich / Gallery Assistant at Flatbed Press:
September 29, 4-5 pm / West Gallery, Fine Arts Building, TWU in Denton
TWU Department of Visual Arts welcomes two of Texas’ prominent print publishing presses in a dual exhibition. Flatbed Press from Austin, Texas and Peregrine Press from Dallas, Texas. The works are a representation of printmaking in Texas from 1981 to today.
Flatbed Press – founded in 1989 by Katherine Brimberry and Mark L. Smith – is located in Austin, Texas in an 18,000 sq. ft. warehouse that was redeveloped in 1999 as a community of creative professionals. Visitors have compared the aesthetics of the space to New York City’s Chelsea-district warehouse galleries.
Since 1990 Flatbed Press has worked with over 200 artists to create etchings, lithographs, relief prints and monotypes. Flatbed Press, as publisher, has a portion of all these projects in their collection, and it is deep with amazing work. Some of the works chosen for this exhibition are by internationally and locally known artists who have worked in Austin at Flatbed Press. Among the artists showing will be Sterling Allen, Katherine Brimberry, Ann Conner, Suzi Davidoff, Teresa Gomez-Martorell, Melissa Miller, Dan Rizzie, Larry Scholder, James Surls, Randy Twaddle and others.
Peregrine Press – A Texas Legacy of printmaking, Peregrine Press existed for over ten years in Dallas, first at the studio and gallery located at Peak and Ross just east of downtown Dallas and later at a larger studio in Deep Ellum on Main Street. Founded in 1981 by Mike and Jo Ann Hart with Gerry Lemke, Peregrine Press was one of the first fine art presses in Texas. The Harts and Lemke established their press with a commitment to collaborate with the emerging and established artists that lived and worked in Texas. Being located in Dallas gave Peregrine access to a group of young artists which included David Bates, John Alexander, Ed and Linda Blackburn, Dan Rizzie and also brought in seasoned Texas artists such as Otis Dozier, Joseph Glasco and Robert Gordy as well as many others. Artists from outside the Texas realm also came to their door, including a memorable collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat.
At the end of the ten years of work, over 600 titles (editions and monotypes) with over 90 artists had been created. The prints reveal the decade of the 80’s through the lens of the artists working at Peregrine. The prints exhibited here represent a small selection of the work that was created.
The East l West Galleries are on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, at the corner of Texas & Oakland streets (300 Texas Street), TWU campus in Denton, Texas, 76201.
Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm, when the university is in session. Weekends by appointment only.
For directions, please go to the TWU website: http://www.twu.edu/visual-arts
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