2012 – The Printed Image 4 Competition

November 16 – December 29, 2012

LEFT to RIGHT: Sleeper by Bruce Muirhead (Clinton, NY) and Fence Gap Abner Jonas (Athens, OH)

Art is like a seasoning when you cook; without it, life is tasteless and boring. —Yuji Hiratsuka

This national, juried, printmaking exhibit gives us a chance to see work by artists all over America, people whose work we often don’t get to see. Like a wine-tasting, you get to sample many examples of work by many artists, in many styles. It’s a chance to see new and innovative ideas and techniques by these artists.

La Cosa Esta Muy Fregada by Randy Clark (Brookings, SD)

Each artist reflects their own world, tells their own story. Some of the artists find the beauty in the world, some comment on our social and political reality, some are responding to very personal experiences.

This is the fourth time we have held this competition. It is a representation of all kinds of viewpoints, all perspectives. The fun part is finding the story in each print. Look at details, symbols, textures, color—how all those elements fit together like words, but art is much more direct. A picture is worth a thousand words. Download the exhibit PDF here.

Related Events

First Friday Receptions (2)
Fri | Nov 16 and Dec 7 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM | Sabatini Gallery
Bring a friend and start your artwalk at the library. Our large parking lot makes carpooling easy and convenient. We will have light refreshments at both events and our juror, Yuji Hiratsuka, will be here the night of December 7.
Artist & Juror Talk with Yuji Hiratsuka
Sunday | December 9 | 7 – 8:30 PM | Marvin 101BC
This year’s Printed Image 4 juror talks about his art, which looks at people’s relationships and exaggerates or stretches the human form.
World, Art & You

Cardmaking | Saturday | December 1 | 11AM – 1PM | Marvin 101A
Paper Marbling | Saturday | December 15 | 11AM – 1PM | Marvin 101A
Free art classes for teens and adults. No experience necessary. For card making, learn folding and cutting techniques. With paper marbling, you will make a decorative a sheet of paper. Registration required. Call 580-4515.

PRINTED IMAGE 4: Always a fun ride! (L to R): Help Me—I’m Hungry by Alexander Buzzalini/Sterling Heights, MI; Sycamore Moon by Raymond DeCicco/Orlando, FL; Homage to Homer by Rob Smith/Cushing, OK

Meet this year’s juror…

TOP: Yuji Hiratsuka. BELOW: Yuji Hiratsuka’s New Birth (2007); Intaglio and chine-collé; Friends of the Library Purchase Award (2008.24).

Yuji Hiratsuka was born in Japan and came to the United States at age 33. He earned his B.S. in Art Education from Tokyo Gakugei University, his M.A. in printmaking from New Mexico State University, and his M.F.A. in printmaking from Indiana University. He teaches printmaking at Oregon State University.

“Although my artwork is mainly considered representational, I deal with more metaphorical aspects rather than realistic physical evidence.

The human bodies which are often simplified, exaggerated, and /or distorted along with other elements—fruit, vegetables, furniture, animals, etc.—have been my most recent focus.

I am interested in expressing human conditions such as mood, feeling and thought through ambiguous and whimsical figures. Moreover, my figure images bear a slight resemblance to traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, which are frequently flat, bright and decorative.”

Image of Yuki Hiratsuka courtesy of http://oregonstate.edu.

Participating Artists

Michael Perkins

Multimedia Producer and Visual Artist at the library. Painter of the Kids Library Mural and 3D scapes, Designer of the Learn and Play Bus and AdventureMobile. When not at work you can find me drawing, making stuff out of wood and getting into trouble.