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Albany Barn, Inc. will present “Impressive: Perspectives on Printmaking” on Friday, June 7th, 2013, at Stage 1, Albany Barn’s headquarters and community art space located at 46-48 North Swan Street. A reception will be held from 5:00pm – 9:00pm in conjunction with the monthly “1st Friday” arts walk in the City of Albany. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of June. Admission is free.
“Impressive” features work in a variety of print making methods from local artists Chris Skaggs, Kristine Monahan and, Audrey Hammond. Each artist uses one or more printmaking techniques within their work, ranging from hand carved wood blocks, transfers, embossment, chine-collé, drypoint, collograph, and etching. There will be a special musical performance from St. Rose’s all female a cappella group, The Girls Next Door, at 6:30pm.
Chris Skaggs was born in Ohio in 1985, and grew up in the farmlands of the Midwest. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Miami University, He moved to Albany to study relief printmaking at The College of Saint Rose and received his MA in Studio Art in 2013. His work in printmaking displays his hand carved wood blocks and printed imagery from his life’s experiences. His aesthetics are influenced by German Expressionism and his childhood love of graphic comics. His artwork has been showcased in multiple states including Ohio, North Carolina, and New York. Skaggs’ current work is a response to his time spent in Eastern Europe and his critique of capitalistic culture.
Audrey Hammond is a sculptor/printmaker who received her BS in 2009 in Art Education from the college of Saint Rose and continued there, completing her MA in 2011 with a concentration in printmaking. Audrey currently lives in the Stockade in Schenectady and works as a designer for women’s clothing company, Marika Charles. They hand dye and print all of their garments in their studio in Schenectady, with a showroom in Manhattan.
The body of work in this exhibit was created to be site specific to the Stockade. Hammond uses vintage maps from the Schenectady Historical Society, layered under rubbings from local historic gravestones, with transfers overlaid using rust from a local train trestle. Lastly, India ink was applied to the Japanese paper revealing the ghost image captured from the ancient stones, ultimately dictating each inadvertent composition, resulting in unique pieces celebrating the Stockade’s vibrant history.
Ideas of surface and layers are investigated throughout these prints, each layer holding decades of information specific to the Stockade. Untraditional materials and printmaking techniques juxtaposed with deteriorating relics from a past time provide a contemporary perspective of this locality.
Kristine Monahan graduated in 2009 with her Bachelors of Science in Art Education and recently received a Masters of Studio Arts in Printmaking from the College of Saint Rose in May 2011.
The basis of her work resonates in the ordinary, an exploration of day-to-day observations. All of her images are rooted in the act of seeing through a digital camera lens. Although traditional printmaking techniques involve a long process of production in comparison to today’s instantaneous methods of capturing images via the camera, she finds it interesting that both mediums are involved in developing form through the study of light. All processes provide an opportunity to capture the effect that light has to describe the “everydayness” of an unfamiliar figure or place.
Her latest work, completed in 2011, dry point lines on the print surface are stable versus the small digital prints that suggest the transient act of seeing. The accelerated nature of her process causes imagery to morph into lyrical compositions, as each print becomes an abstract depiction of a happening, an object, or a place. The juxtaposition of dry point marks and printed textures shift, creating representational barriers. In between lays space and a gap in time.
The Girls Next Door are the premiere, all-female, award-winning and nationally recognized a cappella group at The College of Saint Rose, winning the ICCA Northeast Quarterfinal Championship in 2012 as well as ICCA Northeast Quarterfinal 1st Runners-Up in 2013. They are a refreshing new sound to the songs you love to hear, from classic rock to new pop. Performing members include: Mercedes Arrillaga, Amelia Bach, Allison Bruso, Katherine Butera, Mackenzie Cohn, Elizabeth Corey, Cynthia Crudale, Amber Kida, Elizabeth Tryon, and Colleen Weresnick.
WHAT: “Impressive: Perspectives on Print Making” Opening Reception, in conjunction with “1st Friday” Arts Walk
DATE: Friday, June 7, 2013
WHERE: Stage 1, 46-48 North Swan St., Albany, NY 12210
TIME: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Special musical performance by The Girls Next Door at 6:30pm
St. Rose A Cappella group The Girls Next Door