UPCOMING and CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
My mezzotint engraving, Press Release, was accepted into the 2017 Boston Printmakers Biennial Exhibition that will be held January 24 - March 4, 2018, at the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA.
Three of my miniature burin engravings, Reflect, Repose, and Rejoice, were accepted into the 3rd New York International Miniature Print Exhibition, on view from October 26 - November 28, at the Manhattan Graphics Center, 250 West 40th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY. The public is invited to the opening reception, October 28th, 6 - 9pm.
New Orlean's Stone + Press Gallery is back on line after a post Katrina hiatus and continues to represent artists working in traditional printmaking techniques, particularly mezzotint engraving. Their new website is stoneandpressgallery.com.
Press Release, © Carol Wax, 2017, Mezzotint engraving, Image: 15 x 24 inches
My interest in outdated machinery often includes ways technologies from other eras change how we communicate. Just as older writing tools are viewed differently in more contemporary contexts, older phrases are reinterpreted when read through the eyes of new generations. Languages evolve and expressions may assume alternate meanings depending on the medium through which they were conveyed. Do the same words written by hand, typed on paper, or viewed on a screen have the same significance or credibility? Is this really a new phenomenon or do current media simply make it easier to distort words and manipulate reality? Were words once more tangible, immutable, and believable expressions of thoughts? These are some of the questions that, along with current events, inspired my print, Press Release.
To address these concepts through mezzotint, I composed a horizontal image containing three antique typewriters in a pile, bound together by their tautly stretched ribbons tethered to unseen anchors outside the picture plane. An old typing exercise, “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party,” is worn into the ribbons as they weave around the machines.
The resulting cacophony of angles, words, and letters is meant to suggest a precarious tension, multiple viewpoints, and sense of urgency. Key words emphasized -- shift, back, and lock – imply the potential for idiomatic changeability. The Royal, Silent, and Underwood typewriters were merely models I had on hand, but their brand names also suggest we must not be SILENT when faced with the unmistakable subtext UNDER(wood) words used to incite hate. The title, Press Release, may be interpreted as a presentation of news or as a request for release from feeling trapped by a web of words.
Ghostly refrains on the ribbons, insistent in their typed repetition and persistent in their endurance, seem more poignantly relevant today than they were in their original context. They remind us that throughout history words have mattered and inspired, but how we act on their messages defines our character, society, history, and fate.
PUBLISHED BY THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has published four editions of my relief intaglio prints. These limited edition prints were commissioned for sale exclusively through the Museum Store for collectors interested in purchasing fine art as gifts for the holidays. Because availability of limited editions is subject to change, orders can't be placed on-line with the Museum but may be placed by calling The Met's Mezzanine Gallery at 212-570-3767. The Met is also now offering the prints for sale through Artspace.com.
To learn more about these prints and to read The Met's on-line interview with me, click on the link ..... http://www.metstoreblog.org/creative-joy-an-interview-with-artist-carol-wax/
OTHER NEW PRINTS
I'm pleased to announce the publication of four new prints. My mezzotints frequently include some burin engraving, but these miniature format engravings are my first executed entirely with the burin. The images were inspired by my graceful Weimaraner, the small 17th century caricature etchings of Jacques Callot, and my love of calligraphic gestures.
Reflect, Repose, Rejoice, Refresh, 2017, Burin engravings, Each image: 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches
The prints, published separately, are printed on 7 1/2 x 6-inch sheets of German Etching paper
Other fairly recent editions, released in 2016, include the following ......
Bunny Chops, 2016, Mezzotint engraving with hand coloring, Image 4 x 6 inches
Corkatool, 2016, Mezzotint engraving with hand coloring, Image 6 x 4 inches
Sewing Wild Oats, 2016, Mezzotint + burin engraving with hand coloring, Image 4 x 6 inches
These mezzotint engravings further my investigation into the animalistic forms I perceive in commonplace objects. It took few alterations to evoke a galloping horse through the forms of a sewing machine and a herd of bunnies from notary stamps, while the avian features of a corkscrew are enhanced through distorted shadows. In this way, my reality is best expressed as sureality.
Sewing Wild Oats received The Gamblin Prize in BIMPE IX, the 9th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, organized by New Leaf Editions, Vancouver, BC.
Sewing Wild Oats also won the Les Christensen Purchase Award in the 2017 Delta National Small Print Exhibition, presented at Bradbury Art Museum, University of Arkansas, in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Corkatool was accepted into the 25th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, held at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, in Kenosha, WI.
OTHER NEW WORK