Contemporary Print & Drawing Center
August 8-30, 2008
Opening reception with the artists: “First Thursday”, August 7, 6-8 P.M.
Jean Gumpper Shifting Currents
Still Waters, 2008. Woodcut and pochoir. 20 x 42 inches. Edition of 14.
Hiroki Morinoue Earth Spirit
Spirit Earth, 2008. Woodcut. 31 x 31 inches. AP 2/6.
Print artists Jean Gumpper and Hiroki Morinoue share an affinity for the woodcut print process and the way it translates the artists’ individual impressions of nature.
Jean Gumpper (born 1955) lives in Colorado and spends much of her free time hiking in the mountains and taking in the landscape around her. She retrieves memories from these hikes; how the birch trees shimmer in the wind, or how fallen leaves are carried down a stream. She pays attention with her all senses and in her studio she uses these memories and feelings as seeds for her reduction woodcuts.
A reduction woodcut is made from a single block of wood printed repeatedly between further reductions of the printed surface. The process involves printing a color, then cutting the block, printing the newly reduced surface over the previous impression, and continuing this alternation until the image is complete. Careful planning and registration is required.
Hiroki Morinoue (born 1947) is also a patient observer of nature. Morinoue works in the traditional Japanese style of woodcut printmaking which uses watercolor and tools quite different from those of Western woodcut technique. His images speak of the rhythms, cycles and patterns that he observes at his home in Hawaii. His works read like narratives, stories being told about the ebb and flow of the natural world around him.
Morinoue’s work is represented in many collections including The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, California Palace Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA; and the Ueno no Mori Museum, Tokyo Japan. Works by Jean Gumpper can be found in The Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO; University of Wisconsin Madison, WI; Cranbrook Institute of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA.
Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
August 8 – 9 Reduction Woodcut Workshop with Jean Gumpper at Sev Shoon Art Center, www.sevshoon.com.
Co-sponsored by Davidson Galleries and Seattle Print Arts
September 4 – 27 Akiko Taniguchi and Sean Caulfield
Antique Print Department
August 8 – September 27, 2008
Opening reception: “First Thursday”, August 7, 6-8 P.M.
SMS: A Collection of Original Multiples 40th Anniversary Exhibition
Irving Petling. Little Box of Earthquake and Cotton. SMS Portfolio #1, 1968.
Released in 1968, the SMS portfolio represented a collaboration between some of the most important artists and composers of the 20th century. Centered around a loft on Manhattan’s Upper West Side rented and maintained by the American Surrealist William Copley, SMS (a coy abbreviation for “Shit Must Stop”) was an open-ended collective that epitomized the community ethos of the 1960s. Thoroughly utopian in intent, the six volumes of the SMS portfolio included meticulously editioned works by a roster of artists both world-famous and obscure, each of whom received $100 for their contribution regardless of reputation. Among the many artists represented are Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Christo, John Cage, and Yoko Ono. Davidson Galleries is proud to celebrate the 40th anniversary of SMS by exhibiting a complete set of all six portfolios.
left: Man Ray, Mona Lisa’s Father. right: Roy Lichtenstein, Folded Hat.