Under PressureFebruary 2 - Friday, March 15, 2002
Sol LeWitt,Five-Pointed Stars, 1996,
relief print on tinted handmade paper,
36 individually printed stars,
54 x 54 in. overall.
Originally intending to have artists come for a brief two week "visit" to the print shop, Lasry soon realized that the projects were more of a process than a fixed event. The collaborators work for "as long as it takes" to pull the idea from the press. It is not unusual for a new printing process or technique to be invented along the way, and the endless possibilities available through computer technologies often provide the artist with the means to work toward surprising and new results. Each artist's distinctive skills and experience enhances the collaboration, creating a working environment of discovery, challenge and constant evolution.
Chuck Close, Self-Portrait 1,
1999, relief print with embossment
on blue/grey Twinrocker handmade
paper, edition of 50, 25 x 20 inches,
photography James Dee,
Two Palms Press and the artist
Sol LeWitt's grid of 36 Five-Pointed Stars (1996) is part of a set of seven such grids representing various star shapes. As is usual with LeWitt, a simple formula grows more complicated as it materializes. Seven types of stars, from three to nine points, are printed in all of the possible two-part color combinations of white, black, and gray, as well as red, yellow, and blue with the paper being tinted one color and the aluminum relief plate inked another. The result is seven groups of 36 similarly starred panels aligned in six rows of six. Aluminum plates were industrially manufactured and run under enormous pressure through Lasry's hydraulic press, producing a deep relief in the soft, thick paper. Because of the somewhat watery, translucent tints, the compromised colors are akin to LeWitt's wall paintings.
Jessica Stockholder's monotypes (unique prints) are made using "linoleum, a sweater, some wire, a hose, just stuff from my studio." Stockholder's fascination with materials is evident—she is a great observer of the innate capacities of ordinary stuff—and the systematic nature of the ways she uses them emerges only after prolonged consideration. The result of the interactions among sequences of simple positive and negative is complex.
Under Pressure: Prints from Two Palms Press was organized by Alexandra Muse and Pamela Auchincloss Arts Management. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available at the University Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is on national tour and its presentation at the Gallery's venue is supported in part by funds from the UMass Arts Council.