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13Forest: Fire puts 'One of One' on hold; consider P'town option

13Forest Gallery

UPDATED, Sept. 3: 13Forest Gallery, at 167A Mass. Ave., was exhibiting One of One: Four Approaches to Monoprints," until an Aug. 28 fire next door, at Thrive Juice Cafe. The show features printmaking by Alison JuddRobert Maloney, Damion Silver and Dorothea Van Camp, through Saturday,  Sept. 24, when the gallery reopens.

Meanwhile, the show must go on. While the gallery takes a break from operations in Arlington, those involved are fortunate to be able to head down to Cape Cod for the return of 13Forest at 444, the pop-up show at Gallery 444 in Provincetown.

In a Sept. 2 email, the owners wrote: "Since we won't be able to see you in Arlington for a while, we would be thrilled to see you on the Cape! Luckily most of the work that we planned on bringing to P'town was unaffected by the fire, so we can still bring you the fantastic show we envisioned.

"You can preview a few of the pieces for the pop-up below, and make sure to check our the website for a virtual catalog of the exhibition. We'll be in P'town September 8th through the 14th - we hope you'll come visit!"

A view of printmaking

Printmaking is typically thought of as a process by which artists can create multiple images in less time than it might take to produce an individual painting. For centuries, printmaking’s reproducibility has helped make art more egalitarian. As artists have produced and disseminated larger bodies of work to larger audiences, art collecting has become more accessible to the average person. Innovation has always been vital to the development of printmaking techniques, with artists around the world devising new and ingenious ways to experiment with the form. Albrecht Dürer, working in sixteenth-century Germany, elevated public perception of printmaking as an art form with his deft and elegant woodblock prints and engravings. In the Edo period in Japan a century later, artists perfected woodblock printing with their ukiyo-e, or pictures of the floating world, which were remarkable for their depictions of modern life. 

The four artists in "One of One" capture the spirit of curiosity and experimentation that has long been a part of the history of printmaking. Intentionally missing from their work, however, is the element of reproducibility. Focusing on monoprints, each of the show's artists combines materials with printmaking techniques such as silkscreen, woodblock and the manual distribution of ink with a roller into works that defy reproduction. There are no copies; they are as unique as paintings. 

Monoprints allow for a freeform approach to image making, as seen in the prints of Dorothea Van Camp. Van Camp designs her silkscreens digitally as individual components that she can combine in myriad ways to create unique imagery. Alison Judd uses silkscreens as well, layering organic forms and playing with ink application to create depth in her prints. Combining sculpture and printmaking, Robert Maloney has developed a process of pouring plaster onto his woodblocks and embedding architectural elements to create hybrids that evoke urban scenery. Damion Silver works with sculpture as well, developing cyanotypes on pieces of wood that he then cuts and assembles. 

The artists in "One of One" approach printmaking with expansive sensibilities and demonstrate yet again the rich history and endless potential of their medium. 

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This news announcement was updated April 24, 2021, and updated  Sept. 3.

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