Take 3: The Printed Image Returns with Endi Poskovic As Juror
The Sabatini Gallery has grown in many ways since I came aboard in 2004, but I have to say, one of our best ideas ever was to establish our biennial printmaking competition.
For one, it’s never boring. New techniques and hybrid processes emerge every year. PrinThe Sabatini Gallery has grown in many ways since I came aboard in 2004, but I have to say, one of our best ideas ever was to establish our biennial printmaking competition.
For one, it’s never boring. New techniques and hybrid processes emerge every year. Prints aren’t relegated solely to paper nor are they strictly two-dimensional, making appearances on metal, wood, fabric, and at times becoming sculptural objects (like handmade books) and 3D installations the viewer must walk around to experience. As diverse as the end products may be, the fundamentals are essentially the same: begin with a matrix (ex: wood, metal, stone, silk), create a design (etch it, draw it, carve it, burn it) on its surface, then ink, print and reproduce that single design over and over.ts aren’t relegated solely to paper nor are they strictly two-dimensional, making appearances on metal, wood, fabric, and at times becoming sculptural objects (like handmade books) and 3D installations the viewer must walk around to experience. As diverse as the end products may be, the fundamentals are essentially the same: begin with a matrix (ex: wood, metal, stone, silk), create a design (etch it, draw it, carve it, burn it) on its surface, then ink, print and reproduce that single design over and over.
The Printed Image also acts as a time capsule, creating a dynamic narrative of pop culture, current events and cultural diversity. This year’s entries address issues of urban sprawl, war, violence and corporate bureaucracy countered with a good dose of fantasy, nostalgia—even a touch of the Persian new year.
From its inception, the Printed Image has partnered with the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University, which allows each venue to reach a broader audience. Simply visiting one gallery means seeing only half the show. Some Library customers have never been to the Mulvane, and Washburn students are exposed to another research facility in the community. Sharing space allows us to offer programs we couldn’t do individually. The Mulvane’s ArtLabprovides a hands-on workspace for art activities, the Washburn Art Department, its classrooms outfitted with equipment, is ideal for demonstrations, and the Library comes with—well—an awesome library, and an auditorium for large-capacity events plus a sweet little cafe down the hall.
We extend a warm welcome to all new and returning artists. Here’s to another smashing printmaking competition—congratulations on being accepted! The Printed Image 3 runs October 1 through January 16, 2011, and is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Library, the Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum, Inc., the Kansas Arts Commission and AT&T, the real Yellow Pages and yellowpages.com.
Related Events / Free and Open to the Public
- Juror’s Talk with Endi Poskovic*
Thursday | September 30 | 7:00 PM
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library | Marvin Auditorium 101C
*Note this event occurs the day before the exhibit opens
- First Friday Artwalk Opening Reception
Friday | October 1 | 5:30 – 8:45 PM | Sabatini Gallery
Friday | October 1 | 5:30 – 8:00 PM | Mulvane Art Museum
- Artists’ Recognition & Awards Ceremony
Friday | October 1 | 6:30 PM | Mulvane Art Museum
- Under Pressure: Printmaking Demo with Michael Hager
Tuesday | October 26 | 6:30 PM
Rm 20 Mulvane Art Museum Lower Level, 17th & Jewell
Tuesday | November 9 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Mulvane Art Museum
- Monotype Workshop with Pat Nobo
Wednesday | November 10 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Sabatini Gallery
Ages 12+; Limited space, registration required: 580-4515
Shahla Abdi (University Park, MD) – Erika Adams (Jamaica Plain, MA) – Richard M. Ash (Wichita Falls, TX) – Edward Balda Friends of the Library Purchase Award (Topeka, KS) – Deborah Bryan (Johnson City, TN) –Katharine Butler (New York, NY) – Randy Clark (Brookings, SD) – Dale Clifford(Atlanta, GA) – Andrew Decaen (Denton, TX) – Raymond DeCicco (Orlando, FL) – S.L. Dickey (Columbus, MS) – Justin Diggle (Salt Lake City, UT) – Emily Eakes (Lawrence, KS) – Clare Fox (Columbus, OH) – Jenny Freestone(Takoma Park, MD) – Lari Gibbons $150 Juror’s Award (Denton, TX) – Lisa Grossman (Lawrence, KS) – Jon Goebel (Bluffton, SC) – Gail Gwinn(Coupeville, WA) – Johanna Hanks (Topeka, KS) – Marco Hernandez Friends of the Library Purchase Award (Emporia, KS) – Tim High (Austin, TX) – Yuji Hiratsuka (Corvallis, OR) – David B. Johnson $150 Juror’s Award (Muncie, IN) – Abner Jonas (Athens, OH) – Lynn Keffer(Chatham, NJ) – Dan Kirchhefer (Topeka, KS) – Andrew Kosten (Evansville, IN) – Mari LaCure (Lawrence, KS) – Janos K. Lanyi (Irvine, CA) – Anthony Lazorko Friends of the Library Purchase Award (Mesilla, NM) – Brad LeDuc (Topeka, KS) – Evan Lindquist (Jonesboro, AR) – Daniel Mantilla (Tampa, FL) – Justin Marable (Topeka, KS) – Kathryn Maxwell $150 Juror’s Award and Mulvane Art Museum Purchase Award (Tempe, AZ) – Sarah McCoy (Des Moines, IA) – Kimiko Miyoshi (Long Beach, CA) – Sean P. Morrissey $150 Juror’s Award (Lincoln, NE) – Connie Mueller(Eugene, OR) – Karl Nelson (Northfield, MN) – Michelle Parkman (Emporia, KS) – Emily Repp $150 Juror’s Award (Buffalo, NY) – Andrew Rice (Salt Lake City, UT) – Kathleen Ristinen (Athens, OH) – Masha Schweitzer $150 Juror’s Award (Los Angeles, CA) – C.J. Shane (Tucson, AZ) – Merrill Shatzman (Durham, NC) – Gordon Sherman (Hays, KS) – Kathleen Sherin(Buffalo, NY) – Sarah Smelser $150 Juror’s Award (Bloomington, IL) – Laura Smith (Honolulu, HI) – Juergen Strunck (Southlake, TX) – Ralph Steeds(Red Springs, NC) – Patrick Vincent (Minneapolis, MN) – Ericka Walker(Knoxville, TN) – Chris Warot (Aurora, CO) – Barbara Waterman-Peters(Topeka, KS)
About the Juror
Endi Poskovic grew up in Sarajevo, Bosnia, trained in folkloric music, studied art in Norway and earned his MFA from SUNY Buffalo. His bold and dramatic woodcuts mix narrative and memory landscapes from personal and social histories. They are enigmatically political, social and cultural. Phrases in different languages can be whimsical or contradictory to the image. His work is exhibited internationally, and he has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Formerly associate professor at Whittier College in Los Angeles, Poskovic now teaches at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Image courtesy University of Michigan.
Suggested Books and DVDs to Check Out
- Printmaking for Beginners
- Printmaking In America
- Lithography: 200 Years of Art, History & Technique
- Intaglio Printmaking Techniques
- The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer
- Basic Screen Printing (DVD)
An Introduction to the Letterpress Video
* There is no audio
Article thumbnail image courtesy of the artist.
Endi Poskovic / The Big Adventure with Red Dots (woodcut)