Siena Heights University Professor of Art Christine Reising is the curator of “Pressing Forward,” through Sept. 22 at the Klemm Gallery in Studio Angelico.
“Pressing Forward” features the work of five contemporary artists whose psychological or politically charged images are created by pushing the boundaries of the print medium. They accomplish this by utilizing new technology, combining processes or presenting traditional methods in innovative ways.
The artists featured are Janet Ballweg, David Mohallatee, Nancy Palmeri, Deborah Riley and Art Werger. Ballweg weaves together images created using 3-D digital software with non-toxic color printing to generate narratives that speak of expectation. Mohallatee employs encaustic painting techniques and conventional printmaking applications that are juxtaposed with digitally enhanced to create dark, meditative works alluding to erosion and the effects of time; Palmeri breaks with the traditions of printmaking to challenge its canons by turning the practice of making multiples into an impulse through rapidly produced portraits that commit on prominent figures in the news media. Riley combines darkroom photography and printmaking by manipulating her photogravures with unusual plate-wiping techniques to produce lush black and white self-portraits that are at once evocative and startling. Werger presents small classically produced prints in a 30-foot narrative allowing the voyeur-viewing to enter the daily lives of his characters and reinvent their stories by reading the images in new configurations.
An artist’s talk with Ballweg is scheduled at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in Rueckert Auditorium on the SHU campus. There is a non-toxic etching workshop with Mohallatee from 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 22 in Studio Angelico. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 264-7866. A gallery talk with Reising is from noon-1 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Klemm Gallery.
Gallery hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information on the Siena Heights University art program, please visit www.sienaheights.edu/~art.