Beijing, China – CHAO Art Center is pleased to present 2 parallel exhibitions: “Making – Printmaking and Expanded Media” and the inaugural edition of the “CHAO International Fine Art Print Fair”.
Both exhibitions will run from November 18th to December 16th, 2017 at CHAO Art Center in Sanlitun district of Beijing, China. “MAKING” brings together 12 Chinese and International artists to present works related to printmaking but extended across multiple mediums. The first “CHAO International Fine Art Print Fair”, will feature works from 7 of the top printmaking studios around the world - including CHAO Printmaking Studio. Concurrently, CHAO will also launch its first Public Art Project, aninitiative that invites artists to create work inspired by the Center’s public spaces.
Media technology has long been a force promoting the expansion of artistic mediums. Printing technology and printmaking art, photography and art of photography, broadcasting and audio art, motion pictures and video art, the Internet and cyber art all represent the continuous interaction between art and technology. As contemporary art becomes increasingly more organic in its form, methodology and ideology, how should artists deal with the relationship between traditional mediums and electronic mediums? How will their creations influence the dissemination and perception of contemporary media? These questions intend to inspire and provoke.
Printmaking is an artistic medium that emphasizes ‘making’, the process of production. For printmaking, there is an undeniable logic link between training in the industrial production techniques and an artist’s creativevision. Unlike oil painting, traditional Chinese painting and other directly expressive mediums, printmaking requires an artist to express their emotions indirectly through a rational and logical industrial process. For artists who have studied printmaking, the training that they have received in production and thinking enables them to expand their creativity to other forms of media.
The 12 Chinese and international artists featured in the exhibition have a visible yet undetectable link to printmaking. They may have once studied printmaking in university or have created fine art prints in the past. The have all combined multiple mediums to create these works, including print, painting, installation, photography, video and interactive installations. This exhibition – by examining the work and creative process of the artists – attempts to highlight the interaction between media technology and art mediums, showing the link between the contemporary artists’ creative methodology and use of multiple mediums.
(In alphabetical order)
Over thousands of years of evolution, printmaking has gone far beyond the traditional mediums and techniques which once defined it. Lacking a more precise term to describe this art form, many people’sunderstanding of “printmaking” may still be stuck in the customary technical definition. We are not concerned with forcing a new interpretation to fit with the changing times, rather it is precisely theorthodox formed by certain notions of its unique properties, such as the technical effects of the process, which lend this art form’s lasting power. It is for this reason that we have chosen this form to bring together the world’s most renowned printmaking studios and workshops for a special themed exhibition.
This exhibition will present the latest explorations in print art from around the world to provide a glimpse into the symbiotic growth between print art and art history, and demonstrate how the world of art is shaped not only by artists, but also by the various mediums with which it interacts, including the form of art we call “printmaking.”
There is no doubt that the techniques of printmaking can, like the other forms of art in use today, evolve into the best channel for the expression of metaphysical awareness, and this potential is already being uncovered and utilized by artists. We feel that print art might be one of the most important components in the value of contemporary art. As so many outstanding artists join the ranks of printmakers, and the form comes to shape unique attributes of theirworks, the allure of print art is clear for all to see. This is our purpose in holding this exhibition.
The joint exhibition, organized by CHAO Art Center, will be an annual fixture for the coming years. For the first edition, CHAO Art Center has invited 7 leading printmaking studios from around the world to showcase their works - including CHAO Printmaking Studio. The exhibition aims to communicate the distinctive artistic approach of every studio to visiting audiences. In addition to showcasing theirworks, CHAO Art Center has invited printmaking specialists from each respective studio to China for exchange and collaboration at the CHAO Printmaking Studio. Throughout the period of the exhibition, CHAO Printmaking Studio will organize printmaking workshops, offering professional training by specialists as well as host related events every weekend.
In addition to the annual exhibition, the Art Center will create aresidency program, inviting leading artists all over the world to collaborate with. The Studio will feature the work of each resident artist in the annual CHAO Printmaking Exhibition, promoting and recommending the artists' works to art institutions as well as acommunity of collectors.
Participating Printmaking studios
Stamperia d'Arte 2RC (Italy)
CHAO Printmaking Studio
Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s printmaking studio (U.S.)
Stoney Road Press (Ireland)
Tandem Press (U.S.)
Alfred University’s Institute for Electronic Arts (U.S.)
Columbia University School of
the Arts’ LeRoy Neiman Center for
Print Studies (U.S.)
CHAO Public Art project aims to support an artistic interpretation of thevarious public spaces in CHAO Sanlitun, which shares the building with CHAO Art Center. Facilitating the formation of a new relationship between art, public space and the public in a modern cultural context.