Liza Lou in “Idols and Impossible Structures” at IPCNY

19 January 20171 April 2017


International Print Center New York (IPCNY) presents Idols and Impossible Structures: New Prints 2017/Winter, on view from January 19 to April 1, 2017 in its gallery at 508 West 26th Street, 5th floor. The 55th presentation of IPCNY’s New Prints Program, this group exhibition features several innovative methods by artists testing the limits of the medium, including the use of UV-reactive ink, glass powder as pigment, and three-dimensional printed objects, as well as traditional techniques like lithography, etchings, and linoleum cut. With work from a diverse cohort of 39 artists, the show also distinguishes itself through recurring themes of history, nation, and violence, expressed through portrayals of individuals, as well as depictions of impossible structures and precarious consumer products. Both varied and topical, the exhibitions reflects print’s immediacy and its continued capacity to channel popular conversation.

Highlights include Mizin Shin’s sprawling cityscape floor installation, which reveals itself to be a QR code, Miguel Aragon’s stark portraits of victims of violence in Juarez, Nicole Eisenman’s haunting miniature etching with sticker detail,  Liza Lou’s intricate lithograph pattern, and Gary Michaels’s 12-part silkscreen of his original photographs of Muhammad Ali. In total, over fifty pieces come together in an exhibition that showcases a tradition in printmaking of pushing the boundaries of technique, as well as the endless creativity inherent to the medium.

Opens on January 19: artist talks with Yoonmi Nam, Gary Michaels, and Anne-Marie Lavigne from 5-6pm, reception from 6-8pm.

The exhibition was juried by Noel W. Anderson, Assistant Professor of Printmaking at NYU/Steinhardt, Anne Coffin, Founding Director and Trustee of IPCNY, Caitlin Condell, Assistant Curator, Drawings, Prints, & Graphic Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum NY, Lucia Hierro, artist, Martin Nash, collector and IPCNY Trustee, and Françoise de Saint Phalle Associate at Dominique Levy Gallery, who together pored over more than 2,000 submissions from around the world.

Artists are: Kathy Aoki, Miguel A. Aragón, Mildred Beltre, Lauren Cardenas, Maria Providencia Casanovas, Akanksha Vikash Chhajer, Lindsey Clark-Ryan, Steven Daiber, Ryan Davis, Jesus De La Rosa, Donna Diamond, Nicole Eisenman, Kirsten Flaherty, Nabil Gonzalez, Valerie Hammond, Marco Hernandez, Anna Hoberman, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Anne-Marie Lavigne, Liza Lou, Jennifer Manzella, Donald Martin, Michelle Martin, Frederick Mershimer, Gary Michaels, Michelle Murillo, Yoonmi Nam, Joe Nanashe, Tatiana Potts, Benjamin Rinehart, Jenny Robinson, David Sandlin, Yesuk Seo, Mizin Shin, Susannah Stark, Philip Van Keuren, April Vollmer, Brandon Williams, and Imin Yeh.

Presses and Publishers: 10 Grand Press & FIAR (NY), LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies (NY), Manneken Press (IL), Red Trillium Press (MA), Royal College of Art (UK), Purgatory Pie Press (NY), Saturday Press (NV), Studio PM (Canada), and World House Editions (CT).

International Print Center New York

508 West 26th Street, Room 5A, New York, NY 10001
(212) 989-5090

Pictured: Liza Lou, Woven, 2016, lithograph, edition of 28, sheet 28 x 22 inches, printed by Deb Chaney and published by World House Editions.  Photo: Tim Pyle/Light Blue Studio.