International Print Center New York (IPCNY) announces the fifty-eighth presentation of its New Prints Program, a biannual, juried open call for prints and print-based work created in the preceding twelve months. Titled Multilayered, the exhibition was selected by Juan Sánchez, one of the most significant artists of the Nuyorican cultural movement. As a multimedia artist with an activist stance, Sánchez draws on symbols, images, and texts from popular and traditional culture to explore questions of ethnic and national identity. Sánchez dedicates this exhibition to Sam Coronado (1946– 2013), a printmaker, activist, and educator who dedicated his life to the Latinx arts community; Coronado is the subject of artist Sandra C. Fernandez’s print on exhibition.
The 43 prints and print-based works on view in Multilayered reflect Sánchez’s interest in new narratives for an increasingly hybridized cultural world. Many of the artists skillfully deploy traditional printmaking techniques, including lithography, etching, woodcut, and screenprints, to create enigmatic characters and complex scenes, while others use prints as the basis for expansive installations. In this exhibition, Sánchez also places particular emphasis on hand-made artist books, many of which overtly address current social and political themes. These include Consent, by Leonie Bradley & Catherine Cartwright, Talking to Myself by Jeanine Coupe Ryding, and Wherease, We Declare by KaKeArt (Ann Kalmbach and Tatana Kellner).
The artists on view also display a particular propensity towards experimenting with mediums, combining traditional commercial materials with a great variety of handmade papers, and adding embroidery, gold leaf, and even mushroom spores to their prints. The New Prints Program is open internationally, and this presentation includes artists from Iran, Indonesia, Italy, Poland, as well as the United States and Canada. All artists selected for the exhibition have also been invited to apply for the third cycle of IPCNY’s New Prints Artist Development Program, which consists of three opportunities to receive further training, guidance, and exposure for their printmaking practice: a month-long residency program, divided between IPCNY's workshop space and its partner EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop; a mentorship program designed to provide the artist with critical feedback, career guidance, and introductions in the field; and sponsored coursework at a workshop or school of the artist's choice. The three awardees are: Morteza Khakshoor (artist residency), Emma Nishimura (artist mentorship), and Jayoung Yoon (sponsored coursework).
Artists: Richard Armendariz, Stephen Barnwell, Ana Benaroya, Elizabeth Bennett, David Bligh, Leonie Bradley & Catherine Cartwright, Mary Sherwood Brock, Danqi Cai, Helen Cantrell, Mehdi Dandi, Pamela DeLaura, Madge Evers, Sandra C. Fernandez, Enrique Figueredo, Ke Francis, Jenny Freestone, Kyle Goen, Paul Hunter, Ellen Coleman Izzo, KaKeArt (Tatana Kellner & Ann Kalmbach), Morteza Khakshoor, Ewelina Kolakowska, Natalia Kwiatkowska, Monty Little, Luciana Maiorana, Atefeh Mohareri, Elena Monaco, Shervone Neckles, Madhini Nirmal, Emma Nishimura, Lucy Plowe, Agung Prabowo, Elly Prestegard, Karen Revis, Jeanine Coupe Ryding, Carolyn Sheehan, Kathia St.Hilaire, Sean Steed, Sajeev Vadakoottu, Dominique Vitali, David Wischer, and Jayoung Yoon.
Presses and Publishers: Antarctica Arts, Flatbed Press, Hoopsnake Press, Same Same Press, sfernandez Press & Taller, Shadow Press, Stamperia I Torchi, Studio Sherwood, and Women's Studio Workshop About the Juror: Printmaker, painter, photographer, and video artist Juan Sánchez was born to Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn, New York. He is part of a generation of artists, such as Coco Fusco, Guillermo GómezPeña, Pepón Osorio, and Papo Colo, who in the 1980s and '90s explored questions of ethnic, racial, and national identity in their work.
Public Programs: Thursday, June 28, 6pm: Artist Talks by Danqi Cai, David Wischer, Emma Nishimura and Sajeev Vadakoottu Visweswaran Thursday, July 19, 6–8pm: Artist Talks (talks begin at 6:30pm) Thursday, August 16, 6–8pm: Pint n’ Print with Artist in Residence Morteza Khakshoor.