Moberg Gallery announces the opening of their exhibit, The Print Show, from 5pm - 8pm on October 14. This group show, curated by artists Mary Jones and Catherine Dreiss, will showcase the work of over 20 artists, many seen in Des Moines for the first time. Work will range from traditional prints on paper to installations that challenge and expand the definition of printmaking.
The curators state that the art in the exhibit is a reflection of the diversity of methods and expression in printmaking today. Traditionally, a print is a work of art made by transferring an image from an inked surface to paper. However, printmaking has always adapted with the times and new technologies, and so the show will not only feature traditional etchings, lithographs, screen prints and relief prints, it will also showcase digital prints and immersive installations.
University of Iowa educated Diana Behl's lyrical work combines traditional etching with collage and drawing to reference the tension between spontaneity and foresight. Emmy Lingscheit's traditional lithographs explore the very pressing contemporary issue of how mankind's interference with nature calls into question what is actually natural.
Alison Filley, another University of Iowa alumna, will display a prinstallation, which goes beyond a work on paper by screen printing directly onto the wall, and adding glitter and flocking. Her installation, A Guide to Domestic Measurement, meditates on the allure of materialism and the pressure to conform to norms of perfection presented by media, popular culture and advertising.
The Print Show is an opportunity for art lovers to see and collect the work of emerging and established printmaking artists from throughout the region. The exhibit runs concurrently with Karen Strohbeen and Bill Luchsinger's annual exhibit and is free and open to the public. It closes on November 26, 2016.