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Print & Process at Judson Manor
April 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am - June 26, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Location of Exhibition: Judson Manor – South Concourse Gallery, 1890 E 107th St. Cleveland, OH 44106
Gallery Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. Please call (216) 532-1351 for additional information
Virtual Program: Phyllis Sloane Virtual Studio Tour & Curator Talk: POSTPONED! New date TBA
As part of its ongoing partnership with Judson Manor, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to announce Print & Process, a satellite exhibition which combines work from the museum’s permanent collection with restrikes of historic plates created by students from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Conceived by Associate Professor and Printmaking Department Chair Maggie Denk-Leigh, and Collections’ Registrar Kelly Pontoni, the collaborative project involved reprinting images from matrices created by Archived Artist & CIA Alumni Kestutis Kizevicius, known fondly as “Kesty” to his friends.
Though some of the plates were almost a half century old, students found varied and meaningful connections with the work, and even the artist himself. Drawing major Nicholas Birnie selected Crash Test Dummy with Sweater, a printing matrix featuring a blank-faced figure with upheld hands and a camera slung around his neck. “I see this piece functioning as a timely piece to now,” says Birnie. “I’m thinking a lot about media censorship, the use of the camera, and the way that the crash test dummy is pressed up against the front of the paper reminiscent of reporters being attacked during the protest. His work continues to stay timely.”
On display in Print and Process will be several of Kesty’s original plates, alongside of the students restrikes. The exhibition will also feature additional prints from the Archives permanent collection which provide insight into the printing process and celebrate the technical brilliance of the media. Featured artists include David Haberman, Kestutis Kizevicius, and Phyllis Sloane.
To accompany the exhibition, the Archives will host a virtual tour of Phyllis Sloane’s preserved studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico led by the artist’s daughter, Ginna Sloane. During the hour-long event, Ginna will not only share Sloane’s stunning workspace, but also stories about her mother’s life and artistic practice, as well as rare printing matrices and hand-painted corks. The event will also feature an overview of the printing process with curator and printmaker Kelly Pontoni, and a description of the Archives’ historic restrike collaboration with the Cleveland Institute of Art. A question and answer period with Ginna & Pontoni will follow. Date TBA.
Print and Process will be on view until June 27th and is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. Please call (216) 532-1351 for additional visiting information.