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Scorch and Drag | Prints and Sculpture by John Robert Craft

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OPENS June 17, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION
June 17 2016; 6-8pm
CLOSES
August 27, 2016
HOURS
Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday noon-5pm

http://www.flatbedpress.com Austin, TX

John Robert Craft, sculptor and printmaker, possesses an innate interest in ferrous metals, used
to create an inseparable dialogue between his two and three-dimensional work. His sculptural
work is abstract, solid and heavy, influenced by studies in geology and the metallurgy of his
choice medium: ferrous metals. Within his printmaking practice, these solid cast-iron sculptural
pieces are utilized as tools to create minimalistic abstract images that map the energy and
direction of the sculpture across the printmaking substrate, iron or wood, while documenting the
sculpture’s mass, movement, and form. They create nebulous images on paper, suggesting
both at the same time a microcosmic view resembling particle movement or a larger
macrocosmic approximation of stellar movements through space. Scorch and Drag will exhibit
several mid and large-scale sculptures alongside the monotype and relief prints they were used
to create.
Jack’s most recent project with Flatbed, the Fire Etching Suite, will also be on exhibition in it’s
entirety. This work consists of two diptychs, one tetraptych and two oversized individual prints.
The suite is a study in intaglio of the degradation of ferrous metals through the use of heat and
oxidation.
Join us for this wonderful opportunity to see John Robert Craft’s sculptures and prints exhibited
together. Scorch and Drag runs from June 17 to August 27, with an opening reception the
evening of June 17th from 6-8pm.

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Hard Luck Honky Tonk | Carlos Hernandez

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Flatbed Press is pleased to present Hard Luck Honky Tonk (March 15-April 30), an exhibition of fine art screen prints from iconic Houston-based gig poster artist and graphic designer Carlos Hernandez. An opening reception will take place the evening of March 18, 6-8pm.

From small town honky tonks to big city dance halls, the same type of hard luck personas are found. Carlos Hernandez deftly blends these iconic characters with his own style of metal make-up, masks, skeletons, or rock and roll horror, bringing forward their otherwise hidden hard luck stories and honky tonk dreams.

Carlos will have a selection of his gig poster and commemorative flatstock included in this exhibition. He is an award winning graphic designer who has worked with companies such as Austin City Limits and St. Arnold’s Brewery. He is a founding partner of Burning Bones Press, a full service publisher and print studio in Houston, Texas.

Flatbed is located at 2830 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Austin, TX 78702. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, noon-5pm.Public Figure web

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“Julie Speed: Undertoad” concurrent exhibits in Austin & San Antonio

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A collaboration between Flatbed Press and Gallery and Ruiz-Healy Art –  An exhibition of paintings, prints, and collages spanning two cities.

The exhibition will be on display at Flatbed Press and Gallery February 16 – April 7, 2016 2830 East MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin, Texas 78702

Flatbed Press and Gallery Opening Reception Friday, February 19 6:00-8:00pm

Presented concurrently with Ruiz-Healy Art February 17- March 19, 2016 Ruiz-Healy Art 201-A East Olmos Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78212 Ruiz-Healy Art opening reception Wednesday, February 17 6:00-8:00pm

Flatbed Press and Gallery, Austin, and Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, are pleased to present Julie Speed: Undertoad, an exhibition of paintings, prints, and collages spanning two cities. The artist will be in attendance for both of the opening receptions, at Flatbed Press and Ruiz- Healy Art. A jointly published catalogue with essay by Lyle W. Williams, Curator of Prints and Drawings at The McNay Art Museum, will be available.

After dropping out of Rhode Island School of Design at age 19, Julie Speed spent her twenties moving around the U.S. and Canada working pick-up jobs (house painter, horse trainer, ad writer, farm worker etc.) until moving to Texas in 1978 where she settled down and taught herself to paint. She switches back and forth regularly between oil painting, printmaking, collage, gouache and drawing, often combining disciplines.

Utilizing her keen sense of the absurd, Speed ponders the big questions—the role of religion, isolation and longing, sexuality, sin and guilt—with a sly, sometimes dark, sense of humor and a steadfast refusal to offer the viewer any tidy resolutions. It is the emphatically open-ended and omnivorous nature of her work, combining anxiety, erotica, and violence with the

subversive power of beauty that puts Speed in the vanguard of a return to figurative painting in contemporary art.

The question that arises time and time again with Speed’s work is what does it all mean? There is a physical presence to the work that draws people in; these are not works meant to be seen from across the room but rather up close, not glanced at but stared at intently. The artist wants us to look and to think about meaning, about storytelling, but there are no hard and fast answers to be had. In the post-modern tradition, the audience is not told what to think or how to interpret. The audience determines meaning; and the meaning can be different for different viewers at different times.

Julie Speed has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally at numerous galleries, museums and collections. The list includes: Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Museo de Naciones, Lima, Peru; Dallas City Hall, TX; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. Her work is a permanent part of the public collections at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX; and University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR.

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