Upcoming exhibits celebrate Japanese printmaking

January 13, 2014 by  

There are two new exhibitions opening this January at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. These are “Redefining the Multiple: 13 Contemporary Japanese Printmakers” and “New Beginnings: Japanese Prints of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.”

The first exhibit illustrates current printmaking techniques in Japan and illustrates how many of the artists, who are aged between 25 and 65, also use sculpture, painting and digital media in their prints. Items on show will include etchings on cotton wool, 3D works and woodblock prints of food.

“New Beginnings” features 16 Japanese prints from the gallery’s permanent collection and is presented as a companion show to the first exhibition.

There will also be several seminars and workshops taking place in January and February that will further raise interest in both exhibitions. These include “Printmaking in your classroom”, “DIY: make a print” and “Setting the stage” which is a talk on the aesthetics and evolution of 20th century Japanese printmaking.

Both of these exhibitions may be of great interested to those who are employed by Rochester printing companies. It will give them an understanding of Japanese printmaking and may possibly inspire them to use similar techniques in their own works.

There will be an opening reception for “Redefining the Multiple” and “New Beginnings” for gallery members on January 18. It will show to the public at the Memorial Art Gallery from January 19 to March 16. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, or until 9:00 PM on Thursdays. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for active military personnel and seniors, and $5 for students. For more information call 585-276-8900.