The Print Center is pleased to announce two new exhibitions, Raque Ford: Where do I start? and Kat Richards: Shapes of Change, organized by guest curator Lauren Rosenblum.
Both artists use the language of abstraction to explore issues of identity, personal experience and the human body. In Raque Ford: Where do I start?, prints and sculptures featuring geometric forms, text and symbols reveal how identity is crafted from scraps of popular culture. The exhibition presents the full range of Ford’s work, showing her capacity to think in an innovative way about print in multiple dimensions. Kat Richards: Shapes of Change includes six large-scale, abstract prints comprised of fragmented shapes that serve as metaphors for an ever-changing human body and the solace we find in ritual. The work represents a fundamental aspect of the former Philadelphia-based artist’s ongoing exploration into the boundlessness of gender and queerness.
Ford and Richards both work primarily with monoprinting, in which a variety of surfaces are printed upon to make unique artworks (as opposed to most printmaking processes that can produce multiple, identical works). Ford prints on colorful pieces of acrylic sheeting that remain after the sheets are cut to create her sculptures. These include small symbols and passages of text which she rearranges on the printing press and layers with additional sheets of paper. The resulting artworks are collage-like images of contemporary life. Richards’ monoprints are derived from an index of shapes, used and reused to create a dense field of colorful forms that refer to the human body as well as everyday objects.
A Gallery Talk and Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, September 7, from 5:30 – 7:30pm.
Thursday, October 5, 6pm
In-person and on Zoom
Ford will be joined by Rosenblum and Justin Sanz, master printer, EFA Robert Blackburn
Thursday, November 9, 6pm
For more information and to register for Zoom, visit printcenter.org. All of The Print Center’s exhibitionsand programs are free and open to the public.