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Silk Aquatint:
Painterly Graphics

Eighteen Artists Explore a New Medium

March 21 – April 16, 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.

The current exhibition includes two early prints created by Emma Amos, Mountain Gorilla and Mandrill 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.

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Juan Sánchez
Resurrección, 2004

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.

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

The Sidney Mishkin Gallery is located at:
Baruch College
135 East 22nd Street
New York City

Gallery hours are:
Tuesday – Friday, 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Thursdays, 12 noon – 7 p.m.
All exhibitions at the gallery are free and open to the public.

© 2008 Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College

Contacts

Manny Romero
manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu
(646) 660-6141

Mercedes Sanchez
mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu

(646) 660-6112

Sandra Kraskin
Gallery (646) 660-6652

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