Black & White & Much More: The Art of the Relief Print by Dayton Printmakers
Black & White & Color, an exhibition of over 40 relief prints presented by 16 printmakers from the Dayton area, runs October 30 through December 1 at Gallery St. John. The gallery is free and open to the public.
“The relief print is probably the oldest of the graphic media, having been used in China during the 2 century B. C. It is also the easiest media to use for the printmaker,” explains Brother Joe Barrish who is in charge of the exhibit. “We have invited some of the most promising and talented relief printers especially those from the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative to present their work in this exhibit. We consider this display of local talent as a real educational outreach for Gallery St. John.”
Relief prints are made by taking a flat piece of carve able material like wood or industrial linoleum and cutting away those parts of a design so that only those parts remain that are to be printed. The raised surface is then inked; a sheet of paper is carefully placed on the design. The paper is burnished with a smooth tool and an inked image is carefully pulled from the relief. Ordinary rubber stamps with the word “paid” or “handle with care” which are used to mark invoices and mail are examples of relief prints. Johann Gutenberg (c. 1450), who developed the movable type method of printing, probably used at least some wooden letters.
“This very simple and direct method of reproducing multiple images has been creatively developed by artists and has made this a very sophisticated and fascinating medium. “I’m sure those who view Black & White & Color are in for some delightful surprises,” explains Barrish.
The exhibit is open at Gallery St. John from Wednesday through Sunday from 12 PM to 4 PM or by appointment (937.320. 5405).
A free workshop: Relief printing: Getting Started will be held on Sunday, 17 November.
For reservations call the gallery at 320. 5405.
A chance to meet the printmakers will be at an Artists’ Reception: Sunday: December 1 – 2 to 4 PM