Oil Paintings & Woodcut Prints
by AARON JOHNSON
Friday | December 9th | 2016
6 – 9 PM
On view : December 2nd – January 27th
Aaron Johnson’s oil paintings and woodcut prints explore the natural world and our human relationships within it. Gestures of California trees draw his eye to their underlying structure and geometry of forms. The paintings use the traditional materials of oil on linen canvas and the woodcuts are printed from multiple woodblocks with a 1947 Vandercook hand press. The process takes patience, but encourages a slower, more contemplative way of looking at the interconnectedness of life.
Aaron studied art at UC Santa Cruz, with a focus on painting, drawing, and printmaking. He gained more printing experience during his years at The Yolla Bolly Press, where he served as the letterpress printer for numerous limited-edition books. Aaron’s studio is in the Live Oak neighborhood of Santa Cruz where he participates in the Open Studios Art Tour each October. His work has been exhibited at Stanford University, Triton Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, and Monterey Museum of Art.
More information and images at: www.aaronjohnson.net
Santa Cruz Printers’ Chappel
Celebrating 35 Years
Broadsides, Prints & Books
On view Friday 9.9.16 – Wednesday 10.21.16
The Printers’ Chappel of Santa Cruz first met at the home of book dealer George Kane in the early 1980s. Letterpress printers, bookbinders, papermakers, marblers and book dealers were present to help shape this loose organization of friends and colleagues.
Our first exhibition of the Chappel’s work took place in 1983 at the Art Center in Santa Cruz. Two hundred catalogs with a foreword by William Everson, Santa Cruz’s distinguished poet and master printer, were letterpress printed and produced as a collective effort. Each participant contributed a page representative of their work, and the whole was hand-bound by Chappel members.
In subsequent years the membership shifted and grew but maintained a distinct identity shaped by our location on the northern lip of the Monterey Bay. We mounted gallery exhibitions and hosted many expert visitors at meetings and public talks. Chappel members undertook publishing efforts, accepted commissioned work, offered lectures, and taught printmaking, design, letterpress printing, marbling, binding and the history of the book. The core members stayed in the community maintaining relationships formed at the university.
This exhibition chronicles the work of thirteen longtime members of the Printers’ Chappel of Santa Cruz. It shows the breadth of exploration over more than three decades and celebrates our early work along with the most recent. Our shared history informs our work and illustrates how old friends continue to influence one another over time. We take pride in our 35-year commitment to the book arts.
My works are constructions that are informed by imaginary imagery, the natural environment, architecture, memory, and process. I consider the places that I depict to be the result of my struggle to understand, interpret, and inhabit the complex landscape of the world that I find myself in. My re-imagined landscapes contain zones of refuge, places of disorientation, exposure, and often include helpful navigational cues.
An important part of my practice is the collection of material. I use exclusively discarded material; primarily gleanings from the cutting floors of outdoor equipment producers, but also portions of abandoned and houseless couches, and pieces of upholstery samples I’ve purchased from Scrap. The materials are paired based on how they relate in terms of color, shape, and size. As I connect the pieces, patterns and shapes slowly emerge, providing a sense of direction. The process is largely additive, but portions are often removed to help create volume, or if incongruent.”
Mansur transforms textiles that are bound for the trash into intensely worked collages with a striking sculptural presence.
I’ll Show You How I Got Here
On view 07-01-16 through 09-01-16
Friday | July 8 2016 | 6 – 9 PM
Negative Space Gallery @ Dependable Letterpress
1192 Illinois Street / between 22nd & 23rd