In the Gallery

July 8 – September 2, 2019
Arranged Flowers
Yoonmi Nam
Opening Reception: July 8

The artist describes this series of lithographs like this: “In the arranged flowers imagery, the flowers, once cut from their roots, have only a short remaining time to live.  They will quickly wither and die, but before they do, they are elegantly and elaborately arranged, as if time will stand still for them.  The containers that hold them are disposable objects, such as a yogurt cup, a Styrofoam take out box, and an instant noodle bowl.  These objects, although meant to be discarded immediately after use, often last longer than their intended lifespans.  I am interested in beauty, irony, impermanence, and the common and extraordinary way we structure our surroundings.”

Yoonmi Nam’s work considers cross-cultural experience and sense of transience through observations of everyday objects and occurrences. In her prints, drawings, sculptural works, and installations, she uses familiar disposable objects and cut flower arrangements as subject matter and explores their materiality, ephemerality, persistence, and the common and extraordinary way we structure our surroundings.

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Yoonmi received a B.F.A. degree in Printmaking from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea. She moved to the U.S. to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received an M.F.A. degree in Painting/Printmaking in 2000. Yoonmi has received grants and awards to support her studio practice and travel.  Some notable achievements include, a Solo Exhibition Award from The Print Center in Philadelphia, MI-LAB Artist Residency Award in Japan, The Hall Center Creative Work Fellowship at The University of Kansas, and the Ngwang Choephel Fellowship from the U.S. State Department.  Her work is in the collections of the RISD Museum, RI; Spencer Museum of Art, KS; and the Beach Museum of Art, KS; among others, and  has been shown both nationally and internationally including countries such as Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Korea, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Bulgaria, Italy, Sweden, and Paraguay.  Yoonmi has taught at RISD and Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, she teaches at the University of Kansas, where she has been a faculty member since 2001.  

July 8 – September 2, 2019
Class Sets Volume 1 and 2
Opening Reception: July 8

Class Sets Volume 1 and 2 are print portfolios commissioned and curated by artist and educator Jessalyn Aaland. Spurred by a desire to provide free art to public school teachers to serve as both decoration and a pedagogical tool, Aaland asked ten Bay Area artists to create posters based on inspirational quotes. According to the artist, “Each quote selected featured one or more of the values my colleagues and I hoped to help our students develop in themselves: divergent thinking, questioning, creativity, curiosity, resilience, resistance, solidarity, and a commitment to community, equity and justice.”  Over 7,900 of the resulting risograph-printed posters have been distributed to classrooms so far.

Volume 1
Participating Artists: Jeffrey Cheung, Veronica Graham, Sarah Hotchkiss, Carey Lin, Paul Morgan, Yetunde Olagbaju, Grace Rosario Perkins, Sofie Ramos, Muzae Sesay, Chelsea Ryoko Wong

Featuring quotes by: Sherman Alexie, Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Stephen Bantu Biko, César Chávez, June Jordan, Corita Kent, Ursula K. Le Guin, Wangari Maathai, Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison

Volume 2
Participating artists: Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Dana Dart-McLean, Jennifer Hennesy, Liz Hernández, Olivia Krause, Paul Morgan, Marcela Pardo Ariza, Yarrow Slaps, Anna Valdez, Rosten Woo

Featuring quotes by: Manal al-Sharif, James Baldwin, Grace Lee Boggs, Octavia Butler, Sandra Cisneros, Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, Maxine Hong Kingston, Rosa Luxemburg, CeCe McDonald  

Printmakers Open Forum: Exchange Portfolio 2019
July 8 – September 2, 2019
Opening Reception: July 8

Director and Curator Shelley Thorstensen’s statement:

“Traditional printmaking today retains the zip of the freeze-dried moment, artifice on supple yet fragile paper – the juxtaposition of labor (on a plate, on a stone) with the (almost) instantaneous nature and feel of the printed surface. With the inclusion of newer digital habitation within the output of intaglio, lithograph and silkscreen, printmaking now stands in the cross hairs. For the addition of any new technology is first and foremost of our making and then makes things complicated. It begs question of the artist/printmaker and taunts that one better know what one is doing.” – Shelley Thorstensen from The Realm of All Possibilities.

As such, Printmakers Open Forum LLC (PMOF) has compiled a portfolio of twenty-six current printmakers work.  The portfolio is entitled “Sanctuary” and these 11 x 14” prints represent the state of printmaking as of February 2019.  The artists range in age from 23 to 83; they come from 14 different states, as well as Canada and Sweden, and span the spectrum from emerging to well-established artists.  One thing all these printmakers have in common is that they have each individually provided help over the years to Printmakers Open Forum.

The idea for this portfolio was conceived by Michael Ezzell during PMOF’s PrintCamp2018. He proposed the creation of a portfolio with the theme being “sanctuary”.  Former PMOF shop assistant Christina Giancola had coined the phrase “Print Shop Sanctuary” in 2012.   “Print Shop Sanctuary” refers to the feeling printmakers have while immersed at work in a shop.   The idea gained momentum and has now come to fruition in this portfolio. The portfolio will be permanently housed at three locations:   Janet Turner Museum, Chico CA permanent collection; Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha WI permanent collection; and the University of Indiana-Evansville permanent art collection.  In addition, the portfolio will tour in various venues starting with an exhibition at the Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale NY during the summer of 2019. Artists participating in the “Sanctuary” portfolio include the following:Katie Baldwin –Alabama, Judy Baumann – Oregon, Katharina Bossmann – Kansas, Sebastian Burke– Pennsylvania Tony Carlone – New York, Aaron Coleman – Arizona, Paul DeRuvo – Connecticut, Jeff Dell – Texas, Michael Ezzell – Rhode Island, Cassie Ferguson – Hawaii, Paul Galang – Hawaii , Christina Giancola – Pennsylvania, Carey Good – Rhode Island, Ben Iluzada– Pennsylvania, Jon Irving – New York, Jane Kim – Pennsylvania, Sarah McDermott – West Virginia, Jenn Manzella – Pennsylvania, Ann Piper – Pennsylvania, Allison Rosh – Ohio, Ron Ruble – Wisconsin, Heather Simonsmeier – Alberta Canada, Shelley Thorstensen – Pennsylvania, Katie VanVliet – Pennsylvania, Patrick Wagner – Sweden, and Michelle Wilson – California. 

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