Art Pick: PrintAustin
PrintsAustin | January 10 – February 18
Opening Reception: January 20, 6-8 PM, Flatbed Press + Gallery
by Hannah Zieschang
Oh, the ever-fascinating world of plate blocks, etching, woodcuts and intaglio. PrintAustin, celebrating its fourth year, is Austin’s annual celebration of printmaking and collecting—contemporary and traditional. With nearly 40 art venues participating in this month-long event that happens from January 10 to February 18, all this print goodness makes us swoon.
This year’s event, The Contemporary Print, features exhibitions at the O2 Gallery inside of Flatbed Press + Gallery. Take in 20 of Jay Bolotin’s woodcut and relief etchings in his The Book of Only Enoch series. Within each there’s a mind-shifting voyage into fantastical and captivating dreamlike worlds.
PrintAustin exhibits are a visual moving feast. There’s Slugfest Gallery’s “Tidal Shift” by Art Werger, La Peña Gallery’s “Latin Artists in Printmaking,” and The Museum of Human Achievement’s “Kevin McNamee: Self-Tourism.” For those who prefer to get out of the prints as a spectator sport league, there are a bevy of workshops to get rolling around in the ink: Relief Printmaking at The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria and an introduction to Letterpress with a workshop at PunchPress.
Start or add to your collection with prints from local talented artists at PrintAustin’s PrintExpo + Binfest event on February 11th at MOHA (adjacent to Canopy). Purchase a piece to take home and your walls will heave a sigh and whisper, “thank you.”