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Silk Aquatint: Painterly Graphics Eighteen Artists Explore a New Medium

at the Mishkin Gallery, March 21 - April 18

Image - Mandrill from the Silk Aquatint exhibition at the Mishkin Gallery
Emma Amos, Mandrill, 1985
Silk Aquatint, 23 x 30 1/2"
Collection of Kathy Caraccio

New York, NY – March 7, 2008 – Eighteen contemporary artists based in the Caribbean and in New York explore silk aquatint, a graphic process at the borderline of painting and printmaking. A hybrid technique, silk aquatint, also known as “polyester collagraph,” was first created in New York City in 1985, the result of a collaboration between master printmaker Kathy Caraccio and the painter Emma Amos.

Seda Aguatinta: grafica pictorica/Silk Aquatint: Painterly Graphics features the work of eighteen young artists exploring a hybrid process that allows printmakers to retain the spontaneity of the brushstroke, the washes of watercolor, and the textures and surfaces created by a palette knife impasto. The grace and fluidity of the creative process come through in this acid-free technique that captures the imagination of Julio Valdez, Juan Sanchez, Yolanda Velasquez, Marcos Dimas, Victor Rodriguez Gotay, Rodriguez Calero, and the rest of the artists featured in this show.

Opening Reception, Thursday, March 20, 2008, 6-8 pm.

The current exhibition includes two early prints created by Emma Amos, Mountain Gorilla and Mandrill (pictured above) in 1985. However, most of the pieces assembled here originated in a workshop in Puerto Rico conducted by Julio Valdez for a group of Puerto Rican and Dominican artists, with additional works by Caribbean artists residing in New York. Much of this artwork draws on Caribbean identity, including local scenes, music, cultural symbols and dream imagery.

The artist Marcos Dimas speaks for his artist colleagues when he notes that, using the silk aquatint process, he can “create gestures and nuances that complement my aesthetic preferences.” Also included in the exhibition, the artist Consuelo Gotay who contributes four prints depicting family life and national history while taking advantage of the technique’s “richness of tone and color.”

As a group, these painterly prints combine elements of abstract, representational and “primitive” art with a highly personalized style and artistic vision. A number of contributors fuse autobiographical and political references, while others grapple with the technical challenges of working on a black field, creating and defining images using successive layers of paint to fill a void.

Seda Aguatinta: grafica pictorica/Silk Aquatint: Painterly Graphics will be on view at Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery from Friday, March 21 – Wednesday, April 16, 2008. The gallery is located at 135 E. 22nd Street, New York City. Hours are Monday – Friday 12 to 5 pm; Thursdays, 12 – 7 pm. All exhibitions at the Mishkin Gallery are free and open to the public.

Contact: Zane Berzins
News Director
Sandra Kraskin
Mishkin Gallery


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