EFA RBPMW FELLOWSHIP SHOW PART II
Exhibiting Artists: Michael Eade, Heather Hart, and Amanda Keeley
July 10 - 30, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, July 11th 6 - 8 pm
Curated by Nora Rodriguez
We are delighted to welcome back our 2013 Studio Immersion Project Fellows in a two-part exhibition series. On view in our second show are works by Michael Eade, Heather Hart, and Amanda Keeley.
The SIP Fellowship is a three month intensive designed to immerse artists in the printmaking studio. Many of our Fellows have never made a print before entering the workshop. They bring their experiences in media as varied as video, performance, and ceramics to the tradition of print.
A year after SIP we bring our Fellows together again and ask them to reflect on the ways that printmaking has influenced their broader practice. For Michael Eade, printmaking has been an opportunity to exploit the shifts in scale already central to his practice as a painter. The palm frond, a detail originally drawn from his watercolors, found new life as a singular element and later as part of the whirling texture of Palm Frond Flower.
Amanda Keeley drew quite literally on her experience at EFA RBPMW, claiming the scraps of paper generated during her fellowship as entry points into a new way of working. Throwing the scraps on the press bed, an homage to John Cage, Keeley weaves performance not only through her imagery but through her very procedure. Like Keeley, Heather Hart activates her prints through performance and audience engagement. Viewers are invited to press a piece of gold leaf to the paper surface in tribute to the visionary figures she depicts.
Though it's gratifying to see our Fellows engaging with the tradition of print, we're equally excited to see them initiate new strategies of making and viewing prints. Ultimately their immersion was not only in printmaking, but in the culture and community of the studio. One year later the work invites generous discussion, not unlike the studio itself.