Contemporary, Early 20th Century, Etching, Lithograph, Oil Painting, Serigraph, Silver Gelatin Print, Watercolor, Woodcut

Online Summer Shows at the Old Print Shop- Pt. 2

Our NYC sister shop, the Old Print Shop, has three fantastic summer shows going on right now. We encourage all New York City residents to stop by their shop and view these impressive shows. For those living outside the 10016 zip code, you can view all three summer shows  online, through their exhibition tab on their website.  Below is a preview of one of their shows, City Heat.

Sunset Whispers. By Richard Sloat. Watercolor, 2005-6.

City Heat:

New York City is a fascinating place to be, especially in the summer. The bitter cold of winter has passed, the plant life has returned and the concrete jungle is transformed once more into the hot, sticky, tourist-filled place it’s known to be. Sites are seen, rides are ridden and gridlock fills the air with noise. Explore New York like you never have before – through the eyes of its artists.

Welcome to the City Heat exhibition. Welcome to New York in the summer.

Bowery. By Su-Li Hung. Woodcut, 1997.

Summer Night. By Harry Brodsky. Lithograph, c.1950.

City Children, The Drum. By Rae Russel. Vintage silver gelatin print, 1950.

Metropolis. By Richard Florsheim. Serigraph, 1979.

Central Park Summer. By Clare Romano. Color woodcut, 1957.

The Heart of Coney Island. By Alan Petrulis. Etching, 2005.

Metro. By Michael DiCerbo. Acrylic and watercolor on canvas, 1999.

To view City Heat online, click here. We blogged about The Art of Sporting exhibit yesterday, and it can be viewed here. Make sure to tune in later in the week for information about their third summer exhibit!

Contemporary, Gallery Opening Receptions, Gallery Openings, Prints

Winter Contemporary Show: Artist Statements

Our 2012 Winter Contemporary Show opens tonight– with a celebratory opening night party from 5-8pm at OPG (its free- so stop by and bring all of your friends!). We selected work by 22 different artists- hailing from all over the map- DC,  New York,  Ohio, even Japan. Below is a sneak preview of the show’s collection. I’ve also included excerpts from the printmakers’ artists statements. Although many of these works speak for themselves, it is always interesting to read how an artist conceptualizes his/her own work- what inspires, what processes they use, and so on. Enjoy!

Bruce Waldman- “I think of my work as dealing much more with the turbulence of my emotions than about technique, process, or any intellectual method or idea. I use the techniques that I have learned as tools only. Whether I am doing a figure, a landscape or still-life, I am viewing from inside my body; and usually the image is speaking more about my feelings than about the objects I’m depicting.”

Linda Adato- I start the image abstractly from the geometries of things around me, their configuration of line, form, shadow, etc. In the journey from drawing to final print, I do not so much execute the initial idea as I develop it in the course of the intaglio process. I am sometimes surprised by the “realistic” image.”

Takumune Ishiguro-To draw a picture is to express myself. The motif of my work comes from ‘Nature’ – vitality created from nature, hue, shape, air, smell, etc. It is not the motif created systematically, but the motif created naturally that is put on my canvas, not directly but through the filter of ‘myself’.  Etching has many attractive expressions such as lines or areas caused by corrosion and unplanned occurrences.  A completed work is a mirror of myself.

Masaaki Noda- I like to express the inner and outer worlds of nature for pictorial dynamism. They radiate energy and originate either from the tellurian or the celestial world: perpetual motion which embraces abstraction through the potential and momentum of its intrinsic energy of nature. 

Alan Petrulis-  “Technique has never been more than a means to an end for me. I have no compulsion to follow rules, show off my expertise, or do something new for its own sake. Having worked in many mediums both new and old I feel most comfortable creating simple line etchings by a method that has changed little over the past four hundred years. “

Richard Sloat– Woodcut and etching have been my field of creation. Both these forms of prints exude a visual clarity and depth of feeling. We, in viewing them, are tied into the visual world at an essential level, an affirmation of our own life’s journey.”

Robert Birmelin-  “It is not unusual to find that a relative or friend’s memory of a past event clashes with one’s own. Indeed, how often do two witnesses to the same crime contradict one another as to what really occurred? As an artist, I found myself seeking a visual structure that would be an active metaphor for such a state of mind – a structure continuous and spatially rich that initially seems to offer an uncomplicated, expected orientation and then self subverts, challenging the observer to recognize the claims of another equally visually insistent counter-reading. Our minds are restless, making choices, fluctuating between possibilities as we strive to interpret, to judge between contending truths. These paintings live in mid-thought, in the space of that uncertainty – an all too familiar space in a world of bewildering choice.”

Aquatint, Contemporary, Contemporary Maps, Early 20th Century, Etching, Gallery Opening Receptions, Gallery Openings, Prints, Woodcut

Location, Location, Location at OPG

A quick gallery update for today’s post:  we have a show opening next week! We are more than pleased to announce a new show, entitled Location, Location, Location, opening on August 19, 2011, and running until September 9, 2011.

Location, Location, Location is an exhibit by our 20th century and contemporary printmakers, portraying their topographical and architectural worlds through print. Expansive landscapes, vibrant cityscapes, and the most intimate of spaces are presented in this collection, reiterating the lasting effect a place can have on our memory and lives.

Twenty different artists are included in the show. Highlights from the collection include prints by Michael W. Arike, Jonathon Taylor Arms, Nikolas Schiller, Levon West, Roger Medearis, Anders Aldrin, Benton Murdoch Spruance, and more.  The show will open with a nighttime celebratory reception on August 19, 2011 from 5-8pm at The Old Print Gallery in Georgetown. The new collection will be on display, and free wine and light refreshments will be served. The opening reception is free and all are welcome to attend.

We hope to see our blog readers there- and feel free to bring your art-loving friends as well! If you have any questions about the show, artists, or opening reception,  email us at with your questions, or check out our website here. To see prints in the show, click here. 

Prints in this post:

  • 1st image: Zabriskie Point- Death Valley by Anders Aldrin. Color woodcut, 1932.
  • 2nd image: Twilight in Manhattan by Michael W. Arike. Color etching and aquatint, 2006.
  • 3rd image: Night Awakens on 42nd Street by Alan Petrulis. Etching, 2008.
  • 4th image: Le Puy by John Taylor Arms. Etching 1938.