Yesterday, I attended the Print Think 2016 Symposium at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadephia, PA. Hosted by the printmaking faculty; Hester Stinnet, Richard Hricko and Amze Emmons, it was a great day of print presentations, panels and demonstrations.
The Keynote speaker as Susan Tallman, Editor-in-Chief of Art in Print, who spoke about the relationship print has with connecting the local, but also spreading ideas further through the multiple by connecting the similarities of design and style of some mid-18th century American portraiture to the mezzotints of Sir Joshua Reynolds portraiture paintings in England. While also criticizing the idea of staying too local with artist CSAs and the small amount of stylistic change that has occurred in Norwegian until recently.
Tallman’s presentation was followed up by three short presentations and a panel discussion with artists and publishers; Jeffery Dell, Ryan Standfest of Rotland Press and Kristian Henson of The Office of Culture and Design. Each presenter discussed their own relationship with the local and cosmopolitan through trying to become engaged in either a local community or a community built around an idea, but then how that inital specific interest has spread through connections of interest, the internet, and exhibitions.
After lunch, the afternoon started with the “Demo Derby” in the Tyler printshop. A massive space divided up by incomplete walls for easy passage from one print area to the next. There were some small demos of chine colle, collograph, etc, and a vareity of local and regional print studios showing off their members works and promoting themselves for others to join.
The time at Tyler ended with a artist talk by Kate McQuillen who focused her talk about her latest installation, Night House. Night House was part of the 2nd Terrain Biennial in 2015, organized by Terrain Exhibitions and Sabina Ott. For the project, Kate created a starry sky facade that would be attached to the house for a month. The facade’s specific connection with the night time created an interesting juxtaposition of interpretation depending on what time of day you experienced it and whether or not the occupants were home, i.e. lights on/off.
With the time at Tyler completed, the attendees were invited to make their away to The Print Center in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia. I declined because of incoming rain and wanting to get back home that day, a 2.5 hour drive without stops. But even without seeing the current print exhibitions, the day was a lot of fun and I look forward to attending again next year.