On Friday, Feb. 26, two new exhibits opened in the Davis Gallery at Houghton House.
“Nice Place to Visit: Printmaking and the Anxious Landscape” features work from several printmakers including Kim Beck, Kevin Haas, Mitch Mitchell, Sean Morrissey, Yoonmi Nam, HWS Associate Professor of Art Nicholas Ruth, Ericka Walker and Erik Waterkotte.
“Contemporary printmakers are tackling a wide range of issues that define our cultural discourse,” says the “Nice Place to Visit” artists’ statement. “Chief among them is the question of how we as humans relate to the land we live in. This group show of eight printmakers samples a variety of philosophical, conceptual, and visual approaches to the landscape. Though human presence defines the work by implication, not a person is visible. ‘Nice Place to Visit: Printmaking and the Anxious Landscape’ presents the sometimes haunting, sometimes funny, and always critical intersection of people and place.”
The other exhibit, “Uncover/Reveal: The Book Works of Sarah Bryant and Big Jump Press,” features the work of Sarah Bryant.
Bryant is a book artist and the owner/operator of Big Jump Press. Under this imprint, Bryant designs, prints and binds intricate and unusual books that explore the concept of representing information that is hidden or buried. To achieve this end, these books incorporate imagery related to anatomy and diagram, as well as structural elements such as layered pages, translucent papers and unusual folds.
The exhibits will remain on display in the Davis Gallery through Friday, March 26.
The image above is in the “Nice Place to Visit” exhibit. The lithograph on paper was created by Kevin Haas of East Spokane.