Printed Mat­ter at Of­froad Pro­duc­tions

Printed Mat­ter

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A19th-cen­tury etch­ing by Adolphe Mar­tial Poté­mont in the col­lec­tion of Robert Bell de­picts a mul­ti­tude of Parisians lin­ing up to pur­chase prints. It was made dur­ing a re­vival of the medium that en­abled the middle class to pur­chase works of fine art at af­ford­able prices. Some things haven’t changed. “When you get into print­ing it be­comes a whole demo­cratic, or mass au­di­ence process where you can make 100 prints in an af­ter­noon, and you can get some­thing in­ter­est­ing out to 100 dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Whereas you might work on one paint­ing for a month, and it’s just one paint­ing for one au­di­ence,” lo­cal artist Tim Jag told Pasatiempo. “Print­mak­ing de­moc­ra­tizes how you can dis­perse art.” Jag, a painter as well as a per­for­mance artist and prin­ter, cu­rated Printed

Mat­ter at Of­froad Pro­duc­tions. The show, which opens on Satur­day, Jan. 16, is a sur­vey of re­gional print­mak­ers and presses, but with a twist. “The work that’s on dis­play is re­ally more about street and hand­crafted things and not about se­ri­ous fine-art etch­ing or lithog­ra­phy.” Jag is a co-founder of Baca Art Projects, an artist col­lec­tive that main­tains a mono press and four-way screen press. Prints pro­duced at Baca Art Projects will also be on ex­hibit.

Printed Mat­ter was de­vel­oped with the recog­ni­tion that sev­eral com­mer­cial presses and in­di­vid­ual artists in the re­gion were es­chew­ing the dig­i­tal print to fo­cus on con­tem­po­rary themes and us­ing tra­di­tional and hands-on pro­cesses such as let­ter­head print­ing and silk-screen­ing. Printed Mat­ter is pro hand­made art. The de­ci­sion not to in­clude dig­i­tal me­dia was a de­lib­er­ate one. “The dig­i­tal world is a shadow world,” Jag said. “You can’t grab it. You can’t hold it in your hand. There’s noth­ing there.”

The show can be bro­ken down into three sec­tions: artists who do com­mer­cial work for clients and how their own self-ex­pres­sion plays into that; artists for whom print­ing is an as­pect of their work but com­bine it with other medi­ums such as paint­ing or draw­ing; and peo­ple for whom print­mak­ing is a pri­mary means of self-ex­pres­sion. “The premise is to high­light a lot of dif­fer­ent print­ing I saw in the area and put them to­gether un­der one roof,” Jag said. “I’m hop­ing the ac­tual presses and artists net­work and gen­er­ate some en­ergy from each other.”

Some of the presses fea­tured in­clude Taos­based prin­ter Sarah Hart’s Hart Print Shop, mas­ter prin­ter Brent Bond’s Santo Press in Scotts­dale, and Melody Sum­ner Car­na­han and Michael Sum­ner’s Burn­ing Books based in Santa Fe. “Burn­ing Books has a whole his­tory of work­ing with fa­mous peo­ple and do­ing their own kind of sub­ver­sive and eclec­tic kind of me­dia stuff they put out in the world,”

Top left, Kyle Durri, Power and Light Press: ME-OW, let­ter­press printed greet­ing card; bot­tom left, Christa Dalien: Keep Warm Card, 2015, silkscreen; bot­tom right, Thais Mather: Maria Alyokhina, 2015, wood­block print; op­po­site page, Melody Sum­ner Car­na­han and Michael Sum­ner, Burn­ing Books: 7-Sins Soup, 2006

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