Sunday, May 9, 2010

Open Bite Printmakers present: 'Well Laid' 21 April to 2 May

A beautiful collection of fine art prints by the Open Bite Printmakers

There are some descriptive terms used in printmaking that can appear to be ‘double entendre’. In fact, such terms as ‘the bed of the press’ and ‘pulling a proof’ which describe parts of a printing press and printing a proof seem to have anthropomorphic, and somewhat sexualized, connotations. However, the physical act of working on an etching plate with tools, aquatint rosin and acid require time and effort on the part of the printmaker. Similarly, the processes of making a lithograph, collagraph or linocut may take several days, weeks or even months. The printmaker will carefully check each stage of the process by pulling a proof. Ultimately, the printmaker, as creator, wants to be satisfied that each of the processes undertaken will culminate in a ‘well laid’ image. This final image is printed on archival paper and the creator knows that the image will endure. It is Well Laid.

Open Bite is a vital group of 30 printmakers. The group originated from Ku-ring-gai Community Art Centre but now includes members from all over Sydney. Experienced artists, teachers and competition winners are included. Members range from etchers to mixed media artists, with traditional and abstract styles.

Sixteen of the Open Bite printmakers will be exhibiting in "Well Laid":
Rod Armstrong, Karen Ball, Elise Benamane, Jan Craw, John Crawford, Norma Dedman, Jan Farrell, Itzick Fisher, Angela Gill, Elizabeth Hunter, Heather Kepski, Kim Milne, Terese McManus, Joanne Morris, Judy Ringger and Trish Yates

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