Printmaking Performance at Random Row Books

June 11th, 2012 · No Comments · By

We told you about it last week, and tonight is the night: London’s Henningham Family Press gives a performative printmaking workshop and artist talk at Random Row Books, presented by New City Arts Initiative with Piedmont Council for the Arts and Virginia Arts of the Book Center. Doors at 6:30pm, show is at 7pm. $5 at the door gets you a seat and you walk away with a print at the end of the night.

We’ll leave you with what local printmaker Josef Beery wrote in his preview of the event for the Virginia Arts of the Book Center:

What does print have to do with performance art? Printmakers traditionally work alone or in small isolated groups on the tedious processes involved in planning, preparing, and creating printed art. But print has always been a vocal medium. Easy to read and distribute, print and the printing press immediately turned Europe and then America on its ear as it voiced the thoughts, comments, and opinions of every man with access to a pen. Our own colonial governor, Sir William Berkeley commented in 1671 that in Virginia “there are no free schools nor printing…for learning has brought disobedience, and heresy, and sects into the world, and printing has divulged them, and libels against the best government.” Fortunately for us all, the American republic became the world’s cradle nurturing the right to freedom of the press.

But what about printers on stage? What’s up with this? Over the past several decades artists, especially young people, have felt the waves of technology and change lapping at the doors of their print shops. Climbing upon their presses and drying racks as soap boxes, they have stood up to shout that their art is not just one of silent reflection, but is also one of active and dynamic social engagement.

See you there!

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