Exhibition: Unlimiting the Edition
Black Church Emerging Curator Exhibition 2024
Unlimiting the Edition
12th – 30th January 2024
Curated by Ria Czerniak-LeBov
Featuring selected BCPS and invited artists: Ailbhe Barrett, Maya Brezing, Niamh Flanagan, Margot Galvin, Des Kenny, Grace Ryan.
As contemporary print practices continue to expand beyond the boundaries of tradition, everything from the formal and material qualities of the medium, to the social and economic status of Print have become the subject of re-evaluation. In the practices of Ailbhe Barrett, Maya Brezing, Niamh Flanagan, Margot Galvin, Des Kenny and Grace Ryan, it is the concept of the limited edition itself that is being expanded. Divorced from the rarity value system that governs the formal edition, the matrix’s potential to iterate and generate ad infinitum becomes an exciting prospect, one that allows these printmakers to build and fragment, collage and extract, tell stories and challenge existing narratives.
Across their practices, these artists explore a diverse range of themes and contemporary phenomena, in an equally diverse range of traditional techniques including etching, screenprint, paper-making and carborundum. What is visible throughout these works is a shared sensibility, one that acknowledges the complexities and contradictions of making art in unprecedented times. Climate crisis, gender identity, consumerism and the enduring, and all too human, search for a place to call home are thoughtfully and often, playfully explored through the hand-made, printed multiple. Unlike the definitive nature of the conventional print edition, these works embrace the speculative, iterative and exploratory potential of the medium, resulting in limitless configurations and re-imaginings. With its unparalleled capabilities for multiplication, printmaking offers a rich, process-driven vehicle with which to explore the increasingly complicated times we live in.
Exhibition continues until Tuesday 30 January 2024.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11 am – 6 pm, Sat 12 – 6 pm
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Ria Czerniak-LeBov, recipient of the Black Church Print Studio, Emerging Curator Award 2024.
Image Credit, Lauren Hamilton