New Release: Polly Apfelbaum | Time Machine Series

Byzantine Time Machine 4

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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Durham Press @ The London Original Print Fair

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Durham Press will be exhibiting at The London Original Print Fair Thursday, April 23 through Sunday April 26, 2015. The LOPF is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary as London’s longest running Art Fair. Featuring all periods of printmaking, this intimate fair is the largest of it’s kind in Europe. The fair will be hosted at The Royal Academy of Arts located in Central London.

We will be exhibiting works by Hurvin Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, Chitra Ganesh, Michael Heizer, Emil Lukas, Beatriz Milhazes and James Nares.

Booth 10
The Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1JOBD

Hours
Thursday, April 23rd    10am – 9pm
Friday, April 24th       10am – 10pm
Saturday, April 25th    10am – 6pm
Sunday, April 26th      10am – 6pm

For more information about the fair, please visit londonprintfair.com.