On View: Polly Apfelbaum + Emil Lukas @ Purchase College

Polly @ Purchase

Photo courtesy of Purchase College and the artist

Purchase College | Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery – October 5, 2015 – November 13, 2015

Polly Apfelbaum and Emil Lukas currently have works on display at Purchase College in New York. Apfelbaum’s woodblock monoprints, Byzantine Rocker 1 and 6join Lukas’s portfolio, Bubble-Up, in the show Interwoven: Prints and Process. The show is part of Purchase Printweek 2015 and will run through November 13, 2015.

Everson Museum of Art – September 25, 2015 – January 3, 2015

Polly Apfelbaum is also part of the group show Three Graces at Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. The show embraces the creative aspects of ancient mythology through the artists’ contemporary works. Apfelbaum’s textiles will join Tony Feher’s installations and Carrie Moyer’s paintings.

For pricing and availability on Polly and Emil’s prints, please contact
Gwyneth Fearnhead, gwyneth@durhampress.com

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum @ Locks Gallery

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Installation of Polly Apfelbaum and Lynda Benglis at Locks Gallery. Image Courtesy of Joseph Hu and Locks Gallery

Locks Gallery – June 12, 2015 – July 24, 2015

Polly Apfelbaum joins Lynda Benglis in an exhibition, Free Fallat Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. The show includes Apfelbaum’s floor installations, along with two large-scale woodblock monoprints, Baroque Time Machine 4 and Rusticiana, which were printed and published with Durham Press.

Beaufort Triennial – June 21, 2015 – September 21, 2015

The 5th edition of Beaufort Triennial entitled Beyond Borders features Apfelbaum, along with a selection of artists, architects, designers, musicians, poets, and writers who showcase work in various public spaces along the Belgium coast.

Museum of Arts & Design – April 28, 2015 – September 30, 2015

An exhibition featuring over 100 works of art, Pathmakers, highlights women’s influence in postwar visial art through textiles, ceramics, and metal. The show focuses on the modern craft movement of the 1950’s.

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New Release: Polly Apfelbaum | Time Machine Series

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Byzantine Time Machine 4 | 2014, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 x 70 inches

Durham Press is pleased to present a new series of woodblock prints by Polly Apfelbaum. Inspired, in part, by her time spend abroad as a recipient of the 2012-13 Rome Prize, these profound works reference the artistic and craft traditions of Italy and offer fresh perspectives on many themes that Apfelbaum has explored throughout her career.

Baroque Time Machine and Byzantine Time Machine are monoprint series in two sizes, 37 x 70 inches and 79 x 79 inches, which feature powerful, vertical lines. Their titles simultaneously suggest backward and forward temporal movement, signaling historical influences and new aesthetic directions. While the compositions of the two series recall some of her rug and fabric works, the addition of black – used sparingly in some prints and frequently in others – creates a more complex color palette and gives the prints “the weight of drapery,” says Apfelbaum. Conversely, the contrast provided by black ink makes certain colors radiate with fluorescent-light-like intensity.

The fluorescence of the dramatic monoprints is further emphasized by Apfelbaum’s employment of split fountain or “rainbow roll” techniques, in which multiple colors are partially mixed to achieve a continuous gradient effect. In the Time Machines, she features rainbow rolls across elongated surfaces, while with her large, diamond monoprints – Galla Placidia, Boethius, Rusticiana, Servilia Caeponis, Aurelia Cotta, Porcia Catonis – the technique is used on much smaller woodblocks. Inspired by the intricate patterns of Cosmati floors, the matrixes for these complex diamond prints are similarly crafted with roughly 1500 hand-laid, mosaic-like blocks. The geometric and chromatic variations throughout the prints give them a dynamism befitting of their titles, most of which refer to influential Roman women. Apfelbaum’s two new editions, Emperor Twist and Empress Shout, engage a similar diamond and zig-zag pattern on a more intimate scale. Completed after the Cosmati-inspired monoprints, Twist and Shout continue to explore variations in color and shape through an “intuitive but structured process.” The development and realization of this process has resulted in a prolific year of collaboration, and this new body of work represents Apfelbaum’s most ambitious and challenging prints to date.

 

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Polly Apfelbaum in Denmark, the UK and USA

Polly Apfelbaum work is currently in four exhibitions around the world. Her prints are featured in  After the Volcano: A Summer Show of Gallery Artists at Firth Street Gallery in London and at Hecate’s Lab at Senior & Shopmaker in New York. Apfelbaum’s sculptures are exhibited in Studiowork at D’amelio Terras in New York and Wild Things in Odense, Denmark at Brandts.

Apfelbaum Rainbow Day 1

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COLOR NOTES: Polly Apfelbaum Prints at Locks Gallery

Polly Apfelbaum’s Color Notes will be exhibited at the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia February 3 – 25, 2010. The exhibition coincides with the opening of Philagrafika, Philadelphia’s celebration of printmaking in Contemporary Art. Color Notes is a beautiful survey of the large-scale monoprints entitled Parks that Apfelbaum has been making at Durham Press over the past eight years. The Parks measure 79 inches square and range from iconic flowers, complex stripes, playful zig zags to dense fields of organic dots. The exhibition will also showcase a selection of smaller works, including her most recent edition Color Field Notes.

Each of the massive monoprints in this exhibition is made from hundreds of individually cut and inked woodblocks. They are arranged loosely or in jigs, then embossed with a large hydrualic press into a dense sheet of handmade Japanese paper. The results are breathtaking, especially at this scale, and push the print beyond its expected boundaries. As with Apfelbaum’s large floor installations, these prints explore and celebrate the endless connections between color, sequencing, rhythm and shape.

All of the prints were created and published at Durham Press. Apfelbaum has worked and collaborated with Jean-Paul Russell since 2001. Durham Press is a fine art print publisher based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Since 1988 Durham Press has been making edition contemporary prints with influential artists from around the world.

For more information please contact Ann Marshall at ann@durhampress or call 610-346-6133.

Installation images courtesy of Locks Gallery

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Durham Press @ INK Miami


We’re on our way to INK Miami next week, the show runs from December 2nd though the 6th.

INK Miami is located at 1850 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, only a couple of blocks from Miami Basel, and admission is free- so we look forward to seeing you there!

It’s a great little fair that is dedicated only to prints. This year the participants are going to make an effort to bring some printmaking materials to give visitors a little insight into how prints are made. We are going to bring one of the jigs and all the woodblocks from one of our new Apfelbaums, as well as a great little slideshow of behind the scene at Durham Press!

We will be exhibiting a selection of our lastest prints including Hurvin Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, Beatriz Milhazes, James Nares, Allison Elizabeth Taylor, and Ray Charles White.

And, as always, we will have monoprints and editions of many more artists to browse through. For more information on our artists, see our website.

Polly Apfelbaum launches new monprints at this year’s New York Print Fair

Durham Press will launch several new Polly Apfelbaummonoprints at this year’s fall fairs. New work will include smaller  sized “Love” woodblocks (the flowers),  as well as some remarkable new “ZigZag” prints in a grand scale.

Priced at an affordable entry point, there will be new “Love” monoprints in sizes ranging from 12″x 12 to 20 x 20″. The prints were originally made as part of Polly’s conceptualization for a new edition, but they were so successful as unique prints, and fitting for our changed economy that we made a group of them in different sizes for this year’s fair.

WAVE PARK – five new 79 x 79″ monoprints have just been completed Wave Park 3 will be exhibited at the fair.

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Emil Lukas returned this week to work on the etchings that will become the second piece of his new monoprint diptychs (you can see the in-progress screenprints in the Emil Lukas post below). The printed image is generated by dozens of etched coins that are individually inked and placed into a copper matrix.

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Emil placing inked coins into the copper matrix

Once the matrix is filled with inked coins, it is run through the press. In the second image below, you can see Chris and Jason reveal one of the first prints in this new series.

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Etched coins that have been individually inked and are ready to print

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Chris and Jason revealing one of Emil’s new etchings

Each diptych is comprised of a unique screenprint to be hung on the left and a unique etching to be hung on the right. In the image below, you can begin to see how each print relates to and alters the other when they are placed in close proximity. Colors that were nearly invisible before, are pulled out and brought to the forefront when they are prominent in the other print, and there is an overall shift in what your eye picks up on when looking at the prints as a pair. The first in this new series of diptychs, U.M.R = L (#0906), will be on display in our booth at the IFPDA New York Print Fair. For more information on Emil Lukas and his work, please visit his website here.

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U.M.R=L (#0906)