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"Symposium - Pritmaking: The Collaborative Art"
1999-08-19 until 1999-08-19
L.A. County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA, USA United States of America

On Thursday, August 19, 1999 the Graphic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will host a symposium entitled Printmaking: The Collaborative Art. The event will be held in the museums Brown auditorium at 7:00 p.m. A reception will follow. Tickets are $10.00 for council members and $12 for the general public. Ticket price includes entry into a drawing for a signed Robert Graham lithograph produced at Hamilton Press. Ed Hamilton, Master Printer of the Hamilton Press will speak and be the moderator for a panel of artists who have worked with him at the press. Panelists include: George Herms, Tina Mion, Raymond Pettibon, Gregory Edwards, Greg Colson, and Shane Guffogg. The evenings focus will be the collaboration between artist and printer that allows the artists vision to be translated into the medium of lithography. Examples of the artists work will be shown as references. Seating is limited. RSVP to the GAC office at (323-857-6558. All proceeds to benefit the Prints and Drawings Dept. of LACMA.

Panelist Biographies: Greg Colson - Born 1956 in Seattle, Washington, lives and works in LA. Colson wonderfully understands sculpture constructions are well-built and sturdy, despite having been made of the kind of incidental stuff so common to our hurried daily lives that we usually overlook it. Colsons unsentimental works never function as charmed tallsmans that imaginatively transport viewers to more meaningful eras against which the present pales in comparison. Colsons jaunty and intimately sealed drawings emphasize that utility (firmly rooted in the present) outweighs reverie (always oriented toward the past.) George Herms - Born 1935 in Woodland, CA. George Herms once called his assemblages furniture for the sole, aligning his work with a sense of the spiritual which permeated the Beat era, and originated in the traditions of Dada and Surrealism. His commitment to the vital status of the found object in and of itself as it is recontextualized as art emerged immediately in his first exhibition* and continues to the present day. -- Sunshine & Noir Catalogue Raymond Pettibon -- Born in 1957, Tucson, AZ. Raymond Pettibon works in a long-standing tradition in Los Angeles that exists between the visual and the literary, a lineage that includes the beat artists* In Pettibons drawings* pictures and text are very often not connected in an obvious, logical manner. Rather than presenting merely random associations, however, his work creates meaning in those deliberate spaces maintained between the things he selects. -- Sunshine & Noir catalogue Shane Guffogg -- Born in 1962, Los Angeles, CA. While he engages in lyrical abstraction, his oils, watercolors, etchings, and lithographs also use images from Eastern and Western cultures, so that often his work approaches the figurative. He employs personal and universal symbols in investigating a central concern that the spiritual in art bridges the conscious experience and the unconscious mind. Tina Mion -- I consider myself a conceptual figurative painter with a love of history. Im from Washington D.C. and grew up going to the National Portrait Gallery. In 1996 I completed my own version of the Portrait Gallery including portraits of each President in various styles intended to capture their personality and the flavor of their eras. The show was based on a deck of cards made by the Smithsonian Museum so each portrait has a card hidden somewhere. All 52 paintings and myself (as the joker) ran for president over the Internet. Votes for the Virtual Election were received from all over the world. The show opened at Sherry Fumkin Gallery at Bergamont Station at the same time as the national elections and is still traveling, with bookings through 2003 (the Lincoln Museum). In 1997 I began painting the wives of all the Presidents -- a show called Ladies First. Meanwhile my husband and I bought a 70,000 sq. foot Spanish Castle, hotel and railway station designed by Mary Colter in Winslow, Arizona. Here my large new paintings live before they will take off on their own adventure late next year.


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