Curated by Dr Paul Thirkell this exhibition features prints and print-related artefacts resulting from some of the Centre’s many research projects. It includes artworks that explore the possibilities of several almost forgotten high quality nineteenth century printing processes through to the latest cutting- edge digital printing techniques. One of the over-arching themes of much of its research involves the integration of the best of the old with the advances of the present to facilitate new and increasingly comprehensive means of expression for artists.
As well as work exploring the possibilities of combining digital imaging techniques with rare old processes such as collotype, printed enamels and an obscure photo ceramic printing technique, the exhibition aims to reveal the potential of some of the newer imaging technologies that have recently emerged.
Through its research activities, the Centre has attracted collaborative ventures with a number of internationally important artists. One such artist, Richard Hamilton (the founding father of the British Pop art movement), produced a major work ‘The Typo Topography of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glas’s in collaboration with the Centre in 2003.
Besides work from its diverse projects and collaborations, this exhibition features prints commissioned by the CFPR from five artists especially for this show. Working in conjunction with researchers from the Centre, the five artists: Susan Collins, Charlotte Hodes, Paul Hodgson and Neeta Madahar and Jo Lansley - selected for their innovative work with new forms of digital imaging - all produced a series of ambitious prints that, along with the other pieces in the exhibition, reveal some of the exciting new horizons in print currently being explored by contemporary artists.
‘Committed to Print' review of exhibition, in Printmaking Today Vol 16 No 3 (2007) p 5
Dates: 3 June - 22 July 2007, Sharples and Winterstokes Galleries, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
22 August – 25 October 2008, Northern Print Gallery, Stepney Bank, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2NP
21 November 2008 – 31 January 2009 London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Rd, London W10 4RE
16th September – Saturday 19th September 2009 FBlock Gallery, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of the West of England as part of the IMPACT Multi-disciplinary Printmaking Conference