Wednesday 12 - Sunday 23 February 2020
Curated by Keith Lawrence
Editions continues to grow exponentially in status as the place to go regarding print exhibitions in Melbourne - the largest annual curated group exhibition in the State. We once again more than 50 Victorian-based printmakers (52 to be precise) with more than 150 works at the eighth edition of Editions.
We continue to strive to celebrate the diverse aesthetic qualities inherent within printmaking media, a celebration of tradition whilst embracing contemporary innovations within the printed form. And whilst we have said it before, it is worth repeating. An established exhibition of such scale provides a safe platform for artists ranging from emerging to more established to explore new and exciting print processes and approaches to image-making. That platform also provides the opportunity to exhibit multiple works from current practice, providing audiences a greater understanding and insight of where the printmaker is ‘coming from’. And having featured intaglio, relief and lithography in a range of substrates and printed on a range of surfaces covering diverse subjects, those audiences have been challenged in their understanding of what exactly is a ‘print’.
Editions juxtaposes traditional techniques expertly done (the lithographs of Robert Hague and printed by Peter Lancaster and the absolute control of multiple plate printing by Damon Kowarsky or Hyun Ju Kim for example) alongside more innovative approaches and content (Andrew Weatherill, Gaye Paterson). It’s that balance of a mix of the traditional and the contemporary that is being searched for. We also welcome 14 new printmakers to Editions and the different levels of experience. But ultimately Editions pushes the hand-constructed multiple in a digitally saturated world, celebrating the manual, the labour, the craft. Upon visiting the exhibition, we want visitors to be overwhelmed by the sheer sense of labour and time-spent that is worthy of celebration and respect. We will continue to reiterate - Editions celebrates the artist and the art.
Featured artist: Lana de Jager
Participating artists: Manjula Atukorala, TJ Bateson, Wendy Black, Nellie Brown, Peter Brown, Jennifer Buntine, Loris Button, Hannah Caprice, Di Colk, Lana de Jager, Louise Donovan, Kevin Foley, Silvi Glattauer, Janet Goldman, Jackie Gorring, Gina Grant, Robert Hague, Jennifer Halliday, Jo Harris, Jodi Heffernan, Hyun Ju Kim, Jasmin Isobe, Myra Kaufman, Angela Kelly, Marketa Kemp, Helen Kocis-Edwards, Damon Kowarsky, Minela Krupic, Chris Lawry, Beverley Lewis, Robyn Mackay, Priscilla Manthey, Victoria McCaffrey, Paula McLoughlin, Karen Neal, James Pasakos, Gaye Patterson, Bronwyn Rees, Trudy Rice, Gwen Scott, Lisa Sewards, Jennifer Smyth, Kerry Spokes, Ruth Stanton, Lisa Stebbing, Jan Stickland, Ali Stoner, Annemarie Szeleczky, Jenny Tarry-Smith, Susan Wald, Andrew Weatherill, Joel Wolter