Mo'Print presses on with Printmakers 4 at Niza Knoll Gallery

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The Month of Printmaking, aka Mo'Print 2014, continues this weekend with a variety of events, including tonight's opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at Niza Knoll Gallery for Printmakers 4. The exhibit features works representing the diversity of printmaking techniques -- from woodcut and monoprint to intaglio and even a sculpture with printed surfaces -- by artists Rachel Basye, Dennis Dalton, Maria Fleming and Pat Orban. A selection of images follows with Knoll's gallery notes; see Printmakers 4 through April 26.

See also: Ten things to do and see during Mo'Print, the Month of Printmaking

Rachel Basye works as a printmaker, primarily creating etchings. Her new series is intended to allow viewers to interact with her prints. For each piece, she cut apart etchings and placed the parts in antique slide mount cases. The slide mounts are then placed on sheets of galvanized steel with magnets. Each mount can be moved, allowing the images to be rearranged and viewed in any number of ways. As a result the art may constantly shift and change.

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Dennis Dalton works in lithography, etching and relief. His narrative works often have a dramatic perspective and involve a figure in a gestural pose that is either symbolic or geometrically related to the composition. Most of his compositional inspiration comes from drawing imaginary light sources to create an impactful mood and composition much like in German Expressionism and film noir.

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Inspiration for Pat Orban's most recent series of work is based on the murals of Pompeii, where she traveled last April. She was captivated by the ghostly images that are disappearing on it's walls due to exposure to light and air pollution. The unique nature of clay monoprints lends itself to capturing these images. Given the fact that part of the original image is lost each time a print is made, the monoprint resembles the disappearing images of Pompeii. Her goal is to express and interpret the cracked, rough texture, shape, line and colors of these murals in an abstract form.

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Maria Fleming explores the domestication of the environment by portraying native Colorado animals both as life size two-dimensional woodcuts prints and as printed "furs," stretched around life size forms with manmade structures surrounding them. She uses the language of printmaking set within the aesthetic of natural history illustration and museum displays to address the processes of expansion that has taken over the natural landscape.

Other Mo'Print events of note this weekend include an exhibit by ten artists from Aurora's Red Delicious Press, opening at 6 p.m. tonight at Kaladi Brothers Coffee; "A Letter Forms a Message: Twenty Years of Ink, Oil, Water and Paper," a discussion with print and letterpress designer Rick Griffith at 7 p.m. tonight at Matter Studio; and "Mondo Monotypes," a free, hands-on public workshop hosted by Meininger Art Supply at the McNichols Building, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

And at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, Mo'Print's Marina Graves will moderate a panel discussion on "Innovations in Printmaking," with Michael Chavez, Susan Oehme, Alicia McKim and Rex Brown at Walker Fine Art.

Learn more about continuing Mo'Print events online.

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