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PRINTS 2000, CURATED BY BERNARD GREENWALD, IS ON VIEW AT BARD COLLEGE THROUGH FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Featured artists include Ken Gray, Hitoshi Nakazato, Marko Maggi, Judith Mohns, and Laura Moriarty

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Prints 2000, an exhibition of contemporary prints, is on view at the Fisher Art Center, Bard College, through Friday, September 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, September 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Bernard Greenwald, professor of studio arts at Bard College and curator of the exhibition, chose these artists because of the way their work challenges the notion of what a print is: each artist goes beyond reproducing pictures by traditional print techniques.

Ken Gray is an archivist as well as a printmaker—and this is reflected in his art. "Rather than paper supporting an image in ink, my prints are objects of ink, paper, and pressure," Gray explains. The prints are "developed intuitively, building form through collage, drawing, paper manipulation, sanding, washing, and decollage."

Marko Maggi, born in Uruguay, makes miniscule markings on materials as diverse as aluminum foil, clayboard, and apples. His meticulous, delicate works refer to microchip circuitry, pre-Columbian calendars, and aerial maps. "The micro tissue is the encrypted boundary between technology and biology, archaeology and science fiction," explains Maggi. "It is pre-Columbian and post-Clintonian fabric with two-dimensional textures and three-dimensional pretexts."

Judith Mohns is a printmaker and book artist. One of her pieces in this show is an 88" x 120" wall hanging that combines photo silkscreen with monotype. "In my art I am interested in showing various levels of imagery simultaneously," states Mohns. "This is achieved by combining pictures, processes, and materials to create distinct visual layers."

Laura Moriarty combines printmaking with papermaking. She explains that "a fascination with energy patterns, working methods that involve obsessive labor, and an interest in the social ramifications of our current, fast-paced lifestyle are some of the themes that run through my art work."

Hitoshi Nakazato has exhibited extensively in his native Japan and in the United States, where he makes his home. His prints include surfaces made of sand. "I have always been taken by the beautiful variation of images the lithographer sees in preparing the litho stone to which the art viewer may not be privy in the more traditional methods." He goes on to say that "my initial motivation to capture or salvage these images on paper evolved into the sand prints. I have worked with this medium over the past two decades and consider it to be distinctly my own."

Bernard Greenwald, professor of studio arts at Bard College and an associate of the Institute for Writing and Thinking, is also on the faculty of Fir Aeres, Northwest Writers' Institute at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He is a peer trainer for "A World of Difference" of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. An exhibition of Greenwald's etchings, The Akedah,, based on the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, will be on view at the Synagogue for the Arts at 49 White Street in Manhattan from September 7 through October 22, 2000.

For further information about the exhibition, call the Fisher Art Center at 845-758-7674.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001