Contemporary Arts Center
Pressing the Limits
presenting four extraordinary printmakers from Santa Fe: Mitchell S. Marti, Jennifer Lynch, Willis F. Lee, and Michael Costello
December 4th 2008 - January 23rd 2009
The exhibition will be traveling afterwards to the Arvada Center for the Arts in Arvada, Colorado.
The artists invited for the Pressing the Limits exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center are all extraordinary printmakers. The artwork of Mitchell S. Marti, Jennifer Lynch, Willis F. Lee, and Michael Costello may differ in subject matter and technical approach, but each piece is an example of printmaking that goes well beyond anticipated limits, expanding the definition of what a print can look like and be.
Willis F. Lee is primarily a photographer, who creates copperplate photogravures, and cross sections of plants above and below the earth, and directly projected grains of sand that become stars. His work can be humorous, or profound, or sometimes both; but it is always beautiful, and technically impeccable.
Mitchell Martis mixed media prints, lithography, relief, woodblock, and etching are so complex in their creative generation that very few printmakers would even attempt to match them. The happy surprise is that the freshness, and lightness, and uplifting color of these prints shines effortlessly through the complexity.
Jennifer Lynch creating her artwork by pressing the limits of form and technical virtuosity. Her Fractal series explores a non-Euclidian geometry translated into Solar-plate viscosity etchings. The results are editioned prints of lively and lovely color; and the forms generated from fractal equations suggest brilliant landscapes as seen from the sky.
Michael Costello also works with paper and film, and with glass, but also with monotype and wax, and with digital printing on grained aluminum plates. His work brings together techniques not usually combined in printmaking, with an eye to show and see the new, to capture the moment and process of inspiration.
All four artists are owners and master-printers of their own studios in Santa Fee and Taos, NM